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3 Ways to Compress PDF Documents for Free

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Written by Shashank Gangari

Nowadays, PDF is the most commonly used document format in professional communication. It is not surprising given that Portable Document Format is easily readable and remains unchangeable on every device and operating system. Furthermore, it allows you to enrich your document with images, hyperlinks, graphics and other elements. It’s like an electronic image that you can view, manipulate, print or forward it to somebody else.

However, not rarely do you face the need that the elements of the file to be clearer and more expressive in your correspondence. As a consequence, your PDF is too large to be sent. Luckily, there are some useful tools that can reduce the size of your documents and make them manageable again.

We will show you different ways to shrink your PDFs for free, and you choose the one that suits you best.

#1 Smallpdf

It is a free online tool that compresses PDF documents, without complicated registrations and subscriptions. Also, it enables you to reduce your scanned PDF files to 144dpi which is perfect for uploading files to the web and through email.

The whole procedure is pretty simple: just drag a file you would like to compress, wait a little bit and download your document. Compressing documents stored on Google Drive and Dropbox is possible. All the file compressing takes place in the cloud and will not consume any capacity from your computer.

This option is perfect for the ones who’d like to avoid downloading and installing desktop programs and who need a quick compression of PDFs.

#2 WinRAR

Probably you all have this helpful program on your computer, but it usually gathers dust. So, it is high time to give it a purpose. Simple a right click on your PDF and select Add to Archive. Then, a window will pop up with diverse options.

In Archive name field, type the name of your file manually. When creating a new archive, you need to select the archive format as well. ZIP is preferable when you are not sure if a receiver of your archive has WinRAR. Otherwise just choose RAR, because it provides more options and higher compression.

This solution is great when you need to email a large PDF since it offers compression and emailing at the same time.

#3 Compress PDF

It is a mobile app that makes PDF documents smaller on your iPhone or iPad, preserving their quality at the same level. This is a very easy-to-use app: just select a document from your phone, or Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Some documents will be compressed significantly, while others will not be shrunk that much.

This depends on the document itself. Finally, compressions are performed on powerful servers, so the app will not drain your battery or burden your phone’s processor or RAM. Once the process is finished, the result is downloaded into the app, and your files are deleted from the servers.

This way is ideal for professionals on the go, who do not have access to their desktop computers.

Which method do you prefer? Do you use any other compression tool? Please, share it with us to enhance our list.

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Shashank Gangari

I'm a student by profession and a freelance writer by passion. I mostly write about blogging and SEO. I am a tech savvy person, and I love writing about technology as well.

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