Extract A Page From A PDF On The iPad

Extract A Page From A PDF On The iPad

iPadIt is amazing how much we can get done with PDFs on the iPad. The latest generation of PDF apps really are great.

That is why, when I saw this tweet from Eddie Smith over at Practically Efficient, I knew there must be a way.[1]

Anyone know of an iPad app/trick to pull a single page from a PDF and save it as a separate PDF? I got nothin’.

The way I decided to do it is with PDF Expert, a PDF app from Readdle.

Choose The Page(s)

First load the PDF up in PDF Expert, and tap the button to view all pages at once.

PDF Expert View All
PDF Expert View All

Then tap the Edit button.

PDF Expert Edit
PDF Expert Edit

Extract The Page(s)

For each page you want to extract, tap the circle beside the page and then hit the Extract button in the top right.

PDF Expert Extract
PDF Expert Extract

It will then prompt you for a name for your new file.

Do Something With The New Document

You will see that you now have a new document that only contains the page(s) that you selected.

PDF Expert New File
PDF Expert New File

From there you can send it to a cloud service, open it in another iPad application, or do whatever you’d like with it.

Do you have any other apps or ways that you accomplish the same thing? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

(Photo by p_a_h)


  1. Of course, it was over a month ago. It has been in my “Blog Ideas” Evernote notebook since. Sorry Eddie, I assume you’ve found a way by now.  ↩

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

Leave a Reply 5 comments

Bill Simpson - October 24, 2018 Reply

Any way to do this *without* buying a $10 app? PDF Expert isn’t free, I can’t believe there isn’t some way to do this on Ipad without paying for it

Sean - February 19, 2017 Reply

Brooks – I looked through dozens and dozens of pages trying to figure this out.
You SOLVED it!

Thank you
Sean
Los Angeles

Pandu rangan - December 3, 2013 Reply

will this command delete the extracted pages? will the original document be intact?

Don Birdsall - April 9, 2012 Reply

Thanks for the tip. I have some cookbooks in PDF format and I want the ability to print individual recipes. This solves the problem nicely and I already own PDF Expert!

    Brooks Duncan
    Brooks Duncan - April 10, 2012 Reply

    Awesome Don, glad it helped!

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