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Moving, copying, and replacing pages


Acrobat X Essential Training

with Anne-Marie Concepción

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Video: Moving, copying, and replacing pages

Sometimes when you are putting together a PDF, you want to combine pages from two or more PDFs into one. I showed in a different video how you can use the Insert command to do that, but sometimes if you want to insert just certain pages or just contiguous pages from one PDF into another one, the Insert command really doesn't work very well for you. Or maybe instead of inserting pages you just want to quickly rearrange pages or duplicate pages. In all of those cases inserting, moving, copying, rearranging, your best friend is going to be the Pages panel.
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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 26s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 27s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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In Acrobat X Essential Training, author Anne-Marie Concepción demonstrates how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Pro. Starting with a tour of the new panels-based interface, the course covers the basics of the software, such as creating and customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF content to use in other programs. Also included are tutorials on creating forms, inserting interactivity and rich media, using the prepress tools, combining PDFs with other types of files to create customized portfolios, and ensuring document security. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating PDFs from web pages, Office files, and Creative Suite files
  • Signing PDFs with a digital signature
  • Creating interactive forms
  • Annotating PDFs with comments
  • Collaborating with others using PDF reviews
  • Making scanned documents searchable with OCR
  • Preparing documents for print with print production tools
  • Automating routine tasks with Actions
  • Securing PDFs with encryption and password-protection
  • Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
  • Sharing PDFs
  • Using the new features in Reader X and
Anne-Marie Concepción

Moving, copying, and replacing pages

Sometimes when you are putting together a PDF, you want to combine pages from two or more PDFs into one. I showed in a different video how you can use the Insert command to do that, but sometimes if you want to insert just certain pages or just contiguous pages from one PDF into another one, the Insert command really doesn't work very well for you. Or maybe instead of inserting pages you just want to quickly rearrange pages or duplicate pages. In all of those cases inserting, moving, copying, rearranging, your best friend is going to be the Pages panel.

So let me show you some interesting ways that you can use the Pages panel to make your work a lot easier. I have open here a four page presentation that I've exported from PowerPoint. Say for example, I want, do you see how that chart is page 3 and some bullet points are page 2? If I want the chart to be the second page, I can just select it in the Page Thumbnails panel and drag it up. That's the fastest way to rearrange pages. I wish most programs let you do this. It's one of my favorite things to do.

Like if I wanted to say, these two pages, I am going to Shift+Click both of them. I want them to be right up front. I can drag either one of them up here and now they become pages 2 and 3 and the chart is page 4. You can select any individual page, right-click and you will have a lot of the commands that we've talked about before such as extracting a page or deleting a page. You can also replace a page. So if you have a different PDF that has an updated version of this page, you can use the Replace Pages command. We will look at that in a second.

There is a secret tip hiding here in the Page Thumbnails panel, in that if you can duplicate pages really easily. If for some reason you want to, say, duplicate the cover so that it is the last slide in this presentation, you can select it and then start dragging and as you drag, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard that would be on a PC, but the Option key on the Mac. If you notice how we get a little icon. It's really hard to see, but there is a Plus symbol next to that cursor. So I bring it all the way down until I see the blue insertion bar at the end, and then I release the mouse button before I release the Ctrl key, and it duplicates the cover.

So that's how you would duplicate a page. You can't right-click and choose Copy or Duplicate. That command doesn't exist here. But as long as you know that secret trick of either Ctrl+Dragging or Option+Dragging on a Mac, you can duplicate pages in the Page Thumbnails panel as well. Now say that we wanted to include some of these pages in another PDF. I have that PDF open, our friend the handbook. There is a Pages panel for this one. How do I get pages from one PDF to the other? You can use the Insert command, which I talked about in a different video.

You go to the tools penal, choose Pages > Insert from File, but this will only let you insert a complete PDF. If you just want a few pages from one PDF into the next one, the easiest way is to drag and drop in between the Page Thumbnails panels. So your first order of business is opening up both PDFs. The second order of business is arranging the windows so that you can see both documents side by side. You can do that easily in Acrobat by going to the Window menu and go down to the Tile command.

Let's say that we want to tile these horizontally. So what happens is that Acrobat automatically looks at all the open documents in Acrobat and then resizes the window so that they are tiled next to each other. Actually, I think I'd rather have them tiled vertically. There! That's a little easier. So let's say that we wanted to add a chart from here to our handbook. The easiest way would just be to select the chart in the Page Thumbnail panel here and drag and drop it into the handbook. Let's put it right after the cover.

Say that we wanted to bring this little bullet point and the ending slide over to this, and that's a discontiguous number of pages, something that cannot be done with the Insert from File command, but you can do it by dragging and dropping. So in the source document, the presentation one, I'm going to select that bullet point slide and then hold down the Ctrl key to select the other slide. Then I will drag and drop them right over here, let's say after page 3. And that adds two the pages right in a row. Very useful.

Let me show you another way that you can use the Page Thumbnails panel. I am going to close these, I don't need to save changes. Let's maximize this and open up another PDF that I have here called Explore California. We will resize it so we can what's happening here. It is a series of two page spreads from a very image heavy catalog that was created in Adobe InDesign. And you can see those two page spreads as well in the Page Thumbnails panel.

Now there is a spread here called Taste of California, and let's say that we've already created this as a PDF and then the designer realizes they need to make some changes. So we don't know that. We're just merrily going about on our own way and we already started to add some interactivity to this PDF. I am going to open up the tools panel and show you that if I go to Content and click Select Object, you will see that I've added some links. I talked about this in the Links video. But taste of California is linked to this box's link.

I have a URL that's linked, and imagine that you have done this to numerous pages, that you've added stuff here, and then the designer says I need to give you a new PDF, because we need to update some text. Does that mean you need to redo all of this work? No, you don't. You can use your friend the Replace Pages command. So here in InDesign, we will go to the Taste of California page and let's just change this to Taste of Illinois, make the change really obvious. What you do in InDesign is you can even export the whole thing to PDF if you want to, but you don't need to.

You can just export the changed pages. So this is page 6 and 7. I'm going to go to File > PDF Presets > High Quality Print, and we'll do, I actually just name them pg6-7 when I am exporting them just for replacing. And I want to make sure that I use the same settings as I used before. In this case, it was Spreads, and I only want to do pages 6-7, and I will go ahead and view the PDF after exporting. There it is; page 6 and 7 in this PDF.

I am going to close this up and what we want to do in Acrobat in the main document is we want to replace this page with page 6 and 7 from that PDF that we have just created. So I am going to right-click here, choose Replace Pages. It says where is the file with the new pages. I will say it's this guy right here. Select. When you choose Replace Pages, you don't have to worry that the PDF that is coming in to replace the old pages is the same number of pages or is the same length of the document.

It can be any length at all, because you are given a choice of which pages do you want to pull from the incoming document. So down here is where you would set that up. Now because our incoming document is only one page long - remember that I had exported it as a Spread, so page 6 and 7 counts as one page - then we don't need to make that choice. Then it says in the Original which pages do you want to replace? We want to replace this one, page 4, Taste of California, with page 1. Say OK. Are you sure? Yes.

So there is the replaced content and notice that it did not replace our links. Our links are still there. So because the links and form fields and other kinds of interactivity that exists in a PDF exists sort of like on a layer above the content. So the best way to update an existing PDF when somebody has made changes in the original document, the fastest way is simply to replace the changed pages. So when you are trying to combine or manipulate the pages in a PDF, don't forget that your friend is the Page Thumbnails panel, where it allows you to duplicate, rearrange, drag and drop, and replace pages.

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