Split PDFs into multiple pages

by Frank Kettenstock, Chief Marketing Officer


When you get a PDF document in which two or more pages have been scanned into a single page—like when someone scans in printed tomes such as annual reports or a spread of two facing pages from a book—and you want to split those scans into separate pages, what do you do? We have an easy solution.

Just use the split PDF feature of Foxit PhantomPDF by following these simple steps:

  • Go to Organize > Duplicate, then set the page you want to copy. For example, if it’s page 1 of the original, name the duplicated pages Page 1A and Page 1B.
  • Go to Page 1A, choose Organize > Crop Page, then drag a box around the left side text, double-click the crop box, then click OK.
  • Go to Page 1B, go to Organize > Crop Pages then drag a box around the right side text, double-click the crop box, then click OK.

After you’ve cropped the left half as Page 1A, and the right half as Page 1B, go to File > Preferences > Print > Print text as a graphic.

Next, open the cropped PDF document in PhantomPDF.

Now, go to File > Print and send it to a PhantomPDF printer to see if the newly created PDF document meets your needs.

This PhantomPDF editing tool works like copying and pasting, but on the page level. You can delete blank or unwanted pages, rotate pages, extract pages and replace pages. All of which allows you to pull out whole sections of a document to use elsewhere, without compromising the original.

To organize and store your files, open the Organize toolbar either by choosing Tools > Organize or clicking  in the Common Tools toolbar, and choose Organize. Click Split in the Organize toolbar. A Split Document dialog box will pop up with a drop-down list. Select from the following criteria for splitting your document:

  1. By Number of pages, specifying the maximum number of pages for each document in the split
  2. By File size, specifying the maximum file size for each document in the split
  3. Using Top-Level Bookmarks, creating one document per bookmark
  4. For Blank pages, splitting the document each time a blank page is found (and discarding the blanks).

Now you can click Output Options to select storage locations, file names and more. Your document can be integrated with your organization’s chosen cloud storage system. Meanwhile, your content will be protected no matter where your documents go.

PhantomPDF editing software is available for a one time licensing fee that allows you to use it forever, or on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Check it out!

3 thoughts on “Split PDFs into multiple pages

  1. Serge Renacco

    Is it possible to obtain a french version of your posts ?
    Many thanks, and have a good day !

    1. Laura Silva

      Hi Serge, no, yet. However, We do have french website and Youtube channel where you can find more info about the features included in our products.


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