PDF is a reliable daily working partner because of the integrity and stability. However, managing PDF files remains an issue. In some cases, we may receive a heavy PDF with too many pages, but these pages happen to be blank or useless. This can be a problem as you definitely don't want any filler content.

A practical solution for this issue, is to remove these pages from your PDF.  The good news is, deleting PDF pages is not difficult and we will walk you through the steps of deleting PDF pages with freeware on Windows, macOS, and mobile devices.

How to Delete PDF Pages with Offline Programs

The following section outlines how to remove pages in PDF documents with desktop programs such as SwifDoo PDF and Foxit PDF.

SwifDoo PDF

SwifDoo PDF for Windows, is a high-quality PDF management tool which is capable of merging, splitting, extracting, adding a new PDF page, replacing, and deleting PDF pages. What’s more, this software, is straightforward and easy to use. A clear user interface and uncluttered layout that looks modern. OK, let’s get to know how to remove PDF pages with a few steps:

Step 1: Download and install SwifDoo PDF from the official website or Microsoft AppSource;

Step 2: Launch the software and open a PDF. If your PDF has multiple pages to delete, click Delete in the Page tab, and then choose Delete Selected Pages to specify which pages to delete.


Step 3: Right click on the page and select Delete page or the Delete icon on the sidebar (displayed as a rubbish icon).

Tips:Optionally, you can place your cursor on the page you need to delete, but this applies to a PDF without too many pages. Or right click on any page in the View mode to get rid of one page of a PDF document quickly. 

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Foxit PDF 

Foxit PDF is another comprehensive PDF editor. It is provided with a full set of useful tools, such as PDF converter, editor, annotator, PDF form filler, and signer. When it comes to PDF page arrangement, Foxit PDF is capable of inserting, deleting, extracting, reversing, replacing, and splitting pages out of a PDF.

Take a look at how to delete PDF pages with the help of Foxit PDF:

Step 1: Download and install Foxit PDF from the official website;

Step 2: Open a PDF document using Foxit PDF, and select Organize on the main menu, then click on Delete to remove unwanted pages from this file.

Step 3: Enter the page range you want to get rid of from this PDF. Next, choose Save or hit the Ctrl + S to save the PDF document.


The above method is suitable for PDFs with multiple pages. Otherwise, we recommend an easier solution by providing page thumbnails:

Step 1: Open a PDF file with Foxit PDF;


Step 2: Click on Page Thumbnails on the left side bar. Right click on the page you need to remove from this PDF.

How to Delete PDF Pages on macOS

If in need of removing pages from a PDF document on macOS, the native PDF tool on MacBook can be of great assistance. 


Preview is an inbuilt PDF tool on Mac which can open and edit PDFs and images, fill out and sign PDF forms, and combine and compress PDFs. Aside from these features, Preview is an easy-to-use PDF management tool, including removing PDF pages from a PDF:

Step 1: Click View tab and then choose Thumbnails. When the preview of PDF pages is provided, select Contact Sheet;

Step 2: Choose the page(s) to delete and then select Edit > Delete to get rid of the pages.

Preview is free to use on Mac, however, in spite of that, it may not be a helpful PDF editor. All things considered, it is a built-in PDF program and many Mac users don’t spend time trying unknown third-party software.

Features provided by Preview can meet your daily basic needs for processing PDFs. Once you have more expectations for a PDF tool without registration or download, you may require further software, as discussed below. 

How to Delete PDF Pages Online

Most web-based PDF tools provide a daily limit of free tasks. When users don’t have a strong or constant need to perform PDF-related tasks, online tools are a feasible option as most of them are free of charge. Here in this section, we will introduce Internet-based PDF applications.

Adobe Acrobat DC

Maybe you have the idea that Adobe Acrobat takes the leading position on Windows or Mac. Yes, it does. This industry pioneer has surprisingly stepped its foot in online PDF service. (Not sure what this is trying to say, perhaps remove). Adobe online tools include PDF conversion, PDF compression, editing, and signing. Let’s take a closer look at how to delete PDF pages in Adobe:

Step 1: Type the URL on the search bar;

Step 2: Select a file from local folder. If you are first time to Adobe, you are required to log in with Adobe ID, Google, Facebook, or Apple.

Step 3: When logged in, thumbnails of your PDF will be presented. Click on the page or multiple pages to delete. Hit the rubbish icon to remove the page(s) out of this PDF.


Note:If you need to reorder PDF pages, simply select the specific page and move it to the desired place.

The process is relatively complicated because a new user has to register. However, the next recommendation is much simpler.

PDF Candy

PDF Candy is a full-fledged online PDF tool which integrates 47 online PDF tools. It can convert, split, merge, and rotate PDF pages. At the same time, it is a good PDF management tool to enable users to delete, rotate, reorganize pages. The entire process is much easier compared to Adobe:

Step 1: Search PDF Candy on a browser, click All PDF Tools and look for Delete Pages in the Manage PDF Files;

Step 2: Add files to the workstation via local folder, Google Drive, or Dropbox;

Step 3: Select a or multiple pages and then click Delete Pages. If this PDF has a number of pages, please enter the page range within the box.


Wrapping Up

Most PDF programs have simplified the process to delete PDF pages on Windows and Mac. Regardless of the desktop software or online PDF tools mentioned in this post, they are worth the shot.

Common FAQ about Free Methods to Delete Pages from a PDF Online and Offline

Q:How do we delete pages in a PDF using Adobe Illustrator?

Quora netizen comments that every page in a PDF is like an Artboard to Illustrator. Therefore, you can get rid of a PDF page using Illustrator with the following steps:

Step 1: Launch Adobe Illustrator and click on the Window button. In the drop-down menu, choose Artboards, then press the Shift + O to edit the artboards;

Step 2: Click on the artboard you need to remove from the current PDF document;

Step 3: Hit the Backspace key on your keyboard, then select the Delete button in the Control tab.

Q:How do we delete PDF Pages on iOS?

Honestly speaking, everyone can use the built-in printer to delete PDF pages as follows:

Step 1: Open a PDF with your iPhone;

Step 2: Click the Share button on your bottom left (for iPhone). Choose Print.

Step 3: When you reach the Printer page, click on the PDF pages you need to keep (not delete), them perform a zoom-in gesture on the preview.

Step 4: Click on the Share button again and choose Save to Files.

This method is free of charge, but it has obvious limitations: your PDF document cannot have too many pages. It is rather troublesome and that is why we recommend you to turn to a dedicated PDF application, such as PDFelement, PDF Expert, and PDF Reader Pro.



Roche has been an active PDF user for 6 years and tried different types of professional PDF tools (both online and desktop version) since at his bachelor degree. Now, Roche works as a columnist for SwifDoo PDF over the course of the last one year, and provides useful and practical solutions pertaining to various PDF topics for users from different features.