You may find that you need to
reduce the size of a PDF file
in these situations:
- Emailing: Many email services have file size limitations, so if you need to send a PDF file via email, it may be necessary to
reduce the file sizeto ensure it can be sent.
- Uploading: Some online platforms, such as websites or cloud storage services, have restrictions on the maximum file size that can be uploaded. If you need to upload a PDF file to one of these platforms, reducing the file size may be required.
- Storage: If you have limited storage space on your computer or device, reducing the size of large PDF files can help free up space.
- Sharing: If you plan to share a PDF file with others, reducing the file size can make it easier and faster to share, especially if the recipient has limited bandwidth or slower internet speeds.
- Access: If the PDF file is intended for online viewing, reducing the file size can improve the user experience by decreasing the time it takes to load and display the file.
Foxit gives you two ways to compress PDF files
If you only need to compress one or two PDF files, you can use Foxit’s online PDF Compressor tool to compress them.
Use PDF Optimizer in Foxit PDF Editor to reduce the file size
With PDF Optimizer, you can reduce the file size of a PDF by compressing contents, unembedding fonts, and clearing out any data redundancy of PDF objects.
PDF Optimizer gives you a variety of options for settings, however, the default settings are suitable for a wide range of PDF documents. To quickly reduce file size using the default settings, do the following:
- Within Foxit PDF Editor, choose File > PDF Optimizer > Reduce File Size.
- To apply the settings to the current file, choose Current File. A dialog box pops up. For PDF Version Compatibility, choose Retain existing to keep the current PDF version, or choose a desired PDF version from the drop-down menu. Then click OK.
- Specify the file name and the location to save the optimized file in the pop-up dialog box. Then click Save to start the optimization.
Note that reducing the size of a PDF file may also reduce the quality of the content, so be sure to check the file before and after compression to ensure that it’s still acceptable for your needs.