How To Print Multiple PDF FilesFile?

Posted on 2014-03-02
Last Modified: 2014-03-03
Points of My Scenario:
1. I scan multiple pages to PDF
2. I can only scan one page at a time (hardware limitation)
3. I end up with multiple PDF files
4. I need to print all files at once to 2 printed sides per sheet of paper

QUESTION: How can I print multiple PDF files as if they were pages of one file?
Question by:waltforbes
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
ID: 39899106
Hi Walt,
I'm not aware of a way to print them as if they were one file. My suggestion is to combine them into one file and then print that one file double-sided. Adobe Acrobat (and many other products) can combine individual PDFs into a single PDF. Regards, Joe

Author Comment

ID: 39899138
Hi Joe Winograd,
will I need the [paid] Professional Adobe product to do this?
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
ID: 39899178
You don't need Acrobat Professional, but, in the Adobe product line, you do need at least Acrobat Standard, which is also a paid (not free) product. Unfortunately, the free Adobe Reader cannot combine/merge documents. But there are many free products that can. A very simple one is PDF Merge Tool, which is free and open source, available at SourceForge:

Click the green download button and run the setup program. You will then have a program group called PDF Merge Tool (with the PDF Merge Tool app and an Uninstall). Simply run PDF Merge Tool and you'll see this dialog:

PDF Merge ToolClick the Add button, add as many files as you want, click the Merge! button, and give the merged file a name. That's it! Open the merged file in Adobe Reader and print it double-sided. Regards, Joe
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Author Comment

ID: 39899197
Hi Joe Winograd,

the PDF Merge utility constantly throws me the error attached. I will look for other free PDF merge utilities. If you know the issue or can suggest another, I would be grateful.PDF Merge Error
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
ID: 39899208
Very strange! Works perfectly here on a W7/64-bit system. What OS are you running? Did you download it from SourceForge? Anyway, here's another one, also at SourceForge, called PDF Split and Merge:

Be careful not to install any of the adware that comes with it. Note this comment at their site:
The installer may include advertisement offers to finance further development, read here why.
Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
ID: 39899220
I just noticed that PDF Merge Tool runs on the .NET Framework V2. If you don't have that installed, that could be why it is failing. Also, another free one at SourceForge is PDF Stapler:

I haven't tried this one, but it's worth a (free) try. Regards, Joe

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39901108
Thank u so much for all the wonderful options! I am satisfied!
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
ID: 39901140
You're welcome! I'm very glad to hear that you're satisfied with those options. Regards, Joe

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