Quick PDF optimization technique through Adobe Acrobat

Here is a simple technique you can apply in adobe acrobat to optimize the PDF file size. When we create PDF through Adobe Acrobat we don’t usually pay attention to the file sizes normally. Huge PDF files will consume lot of unnecessary storage space and will take decent amount of time to load as well.

There is a useful option available in Adobe Acrobat to reduce the PDF file size significantly.

Navigate to File > Save As > Reduced Size PDF

Adobe Acrobat PDF optimization technique


You will be prompted with options to decide upon the minimum adobe reader version you want to make the PDF compatible with.

Adobe Acrobat PDF optimization technique

The higher the version you choose the lower the file size will be.

Take an example shown below.

Graphic Novel (All Versions).pdf original file size is about 26 MB. When we make this file compatible for Adobe Reader v10 and above the file size reduced to 18 MB. The content quality not impacted anyway.

Adobe Acrobat PDF optimization technique

Similarly Simple PDF (all versions).pdf in its original size is 136 KB. But as we make it compatible towards lower adobe reader version it’s reduced to 25 KB. Depending on the nature of content the file size optimization varies. If everyone in your organization going to use the latest version of the adobe reader then you can always save the files to the higher versions compatible.

The lower file sizes will consume less e-mails storage space and will load much faster as well.


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