Cleaning up PDF documents in Acrobat

If you are posting your PDF document to a web site, you’ll generally want to upload a clean copy that will streamline the viewing experience for your site visitors. This tip outlines a quick way to remove unnecessary annotations, widgets, JavaScript, links, bookmarks and attachments, along with optimizing your documents for fast web viewing.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the document to be ‘cleaned’ in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Select Advanced > PDF Optimizer
  3. In the PDF Optimizer dialog, select Clean Up.
  4. Ensure that the appropriate boxes for your Clean Up are checked.
  5. Check that the selected Acrobat version in the ‘Make compatible with’ list is correctly set.
  6. Click ‘OK’.
  7. Choose a name under which to save the optimized PDF when prompted and click ‘Save’.

You’re done! Simple, huh?

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