How to Delete a Page in PDF on Mac

There are a few different ways to delete a page in PDF on Mac. The fastest one is by using the Preview app. Open your PDF file in Preview and find the thumbnails of pages in your PDF file on the left side. Select the page you want to remove, click the “Edit” tab in the top menu, and press the “Delete” button.

Hi there! My name is Yana and I frequently use PDF documents for both personal and professional needs. Since switching to a MacBook Pro last year, I’ve created and edited PDF files numerous times. So I’m quite familiar with how you can delete pages in PDF on a Mac.

Today I will show you a step-by-step guide on how you can remove pages from PDF files. I will cover three free ways to do it, so you can choose the method that works best for you. I’ll also briefly answer some of the common questions about this topic, for example, what to do if you can not edit your PDF file on Mac.

Key Takeaways

  • There are multiple ways to delete pages in PDF files on Mac: the easiest is to use the built-in Mac app – Preview.
  • You can always restart the previous version of the PDF file using the Preview app if you made a mistake and deleted the wrong page.
  • If you are having some problems editing the PDF file, using a different app might help.

How to Delete a Page in PDF on Mac using Preview

I like this method because it is easy to use, and you don’t need to install any third-party Mac PDF editor software. Follow the steps below and you should be able to remove a page in your PDF file within just in a few clicks.

1. Open a PDF File Using the Preview App

Usually, Preview is used by default to open images and files, so you can simply double-click on your PDF file to open it with the Preview application. If it didn’t work, use the right mouse button to select Open With and choose Preview from the applications lists.

2. Enter the Editor Mode

Now open your PDF file and you’ll see the thumbnails of the pages on the left side of the screen. If your file contains 20, 30, or 50 pages, it is better to change the view layout to be able to find the page you want to remove.

To change the layout, click on the View tab in the top toolbar and select Contact Sheet in the dropdown menu. Now you will see the thumbnails of all the pages in your file.

3. Delete a Page

After you find the page you want to delete, click on it and find the Edit tab in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Now find the Delete button and hit it to remove the page. Close the file and the changes will be saved. 

If you realize that you’ve made a mistake, don’t worry – you can restore the previous file version. Open the PDF file, click on File in the top menu, and select Revert To tab. Now you can return to the previous version of the file.

How to Delete a Page in PDF on Mac Using Chrome

Another great method to delete pages in PDF files is using the Google Chrome browser. This method works better if you need to remove multiple pages from your PDF file.

1. Open a PDF Using Google Chrome

Click on your file with the right mouse button and select Open with > Google Chrome. Your PDF file will be opened in the new tab of the browser.

2. Select Pages to Save

The next step would be clicking on the Print button in the top right corner to open a new window, where you can choose the number of pages to save.

In the Pages option, choose Customized and insert the numbers of pages you want to be saved while skipping the ones you want to delete. Follow the tips from Chrome and separate pages using commas.

3. Save Your PDF File

Once you’ve selected the pages that should be saved, hit the Save button at the bottom of the screen and Mac will offer you to choose the destination to save your PDF file.

How to Delete a Page in PDF on Mac via Online Tools

You also can delete a page in PDF via an online tool. This way works well if you not only want to remove some pages but also edit the PDF file. Even online tools promise to be secure, I wouldn’t recommend using them for documents with sensitive information. 

One of the services that you might consider using is Smallpdf. While some of its features are available only after a subscription, other, including deleting pages is available for free without signing up.

After opening the Smallpdf website, you need to drag and drop your PDF file inside the app. When the file is uploaded click on the Delete icon of the page that you want to remove. 

Once you’ve made changes to the file, hit the Export button in the top right corner and select a destination for your PDF file.

Why Can’t I Delete Pages in PDF on Mac?

There are a few reasons why you are not able to edit or remove pages from PDF files. The most common issue is when the PDF file is password-protected or encrypted, and you don’t have permission to make changes. In this case, you need to know the password of the PDF file so you can edit it.

Another reason can be when you are using the Preview application for deleting pages. Sometimes there is no preview of the file and you are not able to select pages to remove. You need to change the layout, as we discussed before, to view all the pages and edit the PDF.

If you still can’t delete pages in your PDF using Mac, you may want to try using a different PDF editor or seek help from the software’s support team.


Make sure you also check the answers for the most popular questions about removing pages in PDF files on Mac.

Where is the PDF Editor on Mac?

Preview application is a native Mac app that allows you to edit PDF files. You can enter it using Finder on your Mac or just by clicking on your PDF file and selecting Open with the Preview app.

Does Mac Have Its Own PDF Editor?

Yes. Preview is a free Mac application that can be used for editing PDF files. While it has some limitations, it still does a great job when you need to delete or insert a new page into an existing PDF.

Final Thoughts

After all, there are numerous methods and tools for editing PDF files on Mac. The process will differ from tool to tool, but once you figure out how to do it, it will be quite straightforward and easy. If you can’t edit your PDF file, make sure you have permission to do so, or contact a software team for help.

Do you often work with PDF files? Which method do you use for removing pages in PDF on Mac? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

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