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How do I compress any PDF file to a fixed size?

I know how it feels when you have to compress a file to a specific size, and you are unable to do that; well in that case, you got my cover!

Today I will be sharing some great ways to compress pdf to any fixed size.

  1. Using Command Prompt

Just follow these steps:

Open a command prompt with administrative privileges.

Type compress /Limit data <PDF_File_Name>.pdf > <Desired Size>.pdf For instance compress /limit data ABCD.pdf > 128KB.pdf

This will compress the File with the desired size of 128 KB and save it as ABCD.pdf

If you want to keep the original file unharmed, just type this instead -compress /Limit data <PDF_Filename> > <desired size>.pdf type .pdf as the last part of filenames So your final code would be like compress /limit data ABCD.pdf > A-128KB.pdf

  1. Using WinRAR

Just follow these steps:

Download and install Winrar on your PC if you don’t have it already. Follow this link for more details on how to download and install WinRAR.

Now, open the folder where your pdf is saved in. Right-click on the file > Click 7 zip > Add to archive .

Type the File’s name in Archive name, choose compression method (Best method), choose a destination folder(where you want your new compressed File to be created).

Reducing PDF online with ZIP will give you poor results, but RAR will give good results. Now hit OK! It will take some time, depending upon the pdf file size.

  1. Compressing using Adobe Acrobat

Just follow these steps:

Open your pdf in adobe acrobat nine or above versions. Go to File> Export > Reduce File Size.

Choose one of the following options according to your need – Optimized for Digital Distribution, Smaller file size, High-Quality Print Output, Maximum Compatibility.

Now hit OK! This will take some time, depending upon the pdf file size.

Adobe Acrobat is much better than some local reduced pdf online software because it compresses the File losslessly.

  1. Using WinUHA

WinUHA is an open-source compression utility for Windows that lets you compress pretty much any File with ease.

Just follow these steps:

Download and install WinUHA on your PC if you don’t have it already. Follow this link for more details on how to download and install WinUHA. Open the program > Go to File > Add Files. Now select your compressed or uncompressed pdf > Open it!

It will show some settings at the bottom; change them if you need and hit OK!

Wait till it’s done, depending upon your computer speed and pdf size(Using PDF size compressor).

This software provides you with great customization settings.

  1. Using PDF Compressor

Just follow these steps:

Download and install PDF compressor on your PC.

Open the pdf in windows explorer> right-click > compress .

Choose the compression option (given by default) and choose a destination folder(where you want your new compressed File to be created). Hit OK!

  1. Using JPEG / online PDF compressor

Just follow these steps:

Find a website that can compress your pdf file and save it as a jpg like https://compresspdfonline.net/

Open the PDF to JPG converter and convert your PDF file to jpg.

Save this jpg file in any folder on your PC > rename it to pdf > open with adobe acrobat or adobe reader (make sure you have installed the latest version).

Now, right-click on the pdf > choose the “reduce file size” option from the context menu.

Hit OK!

It will take some time, depending upon the pdf file size.

  1. Using 7zip (my favorite method!)

7Zip is a free program that can compress any kind of File

Just follow these steps:

Open your pdf in windows explorer> right-click > compress. Choose the compression option (given by default) and choose a destination folder(where you want your new compressed File to be created).

If you want more compression, select the folders and files you don’t need and delete them. Now hit OK!

I hope I have helped you by making it clear how to compress pdf files to any fixed size! Please share this article with others if you find it useful! 😉 Cheers!

 

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