Use the full (or "Pro") version of Adobe Acrobat to reduce the size of a PDF file

Acrobat DC on a Windows computer

  1. Launch Adobe Acrobat DC on your Windows computer or Adobe Acrobat on your Mac.

    Please note:
    The free Adobe Acrobat Reader app will not work so you must load the applications specified above.

    • If you are a Davidson student and do not have Acrobat DC on your computer, you can find this application on any of the public lab computers across campus. Locations with public lab computers are listed on this web page:

           Davidson Campus Computer Labs

    • If you are a Davidson faculty or staff member and you do not have Acrobat DC on your office computer, please see this Knowledge Base article to request a copy:

           Install Adobe products on a Davidson computer - Faculty and staff

  2. Once you launch Acrobat DC, use the File > Open menu commands to open the PDF document that you would like to shrink.
  3. Once the document is open:
    • Select File > Save as Other > Reduced Size PDF...
    • On the Reduce File Size dialog box, select Acrobat 10.0 and later in the Make compatible with drop-down list box.
    • Click on the OK button.
    • Type in a new name for the reduced size copy and click on the Save button.
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