Pagination in Adobe Acrobat

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I am running Adobe Acrobat Pro Version XI on my Windows 10 computer.  I have multi-page PDF file that I  need to paginate.  Does Acrobat allow for pagination of multi-page documents?

Thanks,

Phil
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Joseph HornseyPresident and Janitor

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I've found Acrobat to be frustrating when it comes to this kind of stuff.

I use PDF Split and Merge to do this sort of thing and highly recommend it.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Phil,
That depends on exactly what you mean by "paginate/pagination". If you mean to add page numbers, then the answer is yes. In Acrobat XI Pro, the steps are:

Tools
Header & Footer
Add Header & Footer

Click in the box where you want the page number (Left Header Text, Center Header Text, Right Header Text, Left Footer Text, Center Footer Text, Right Footer Text) and then click the Insert Page Number button.

If you mean something else by "paginate/pagination", let me know exactly what you're trying to achieve. Regards, Joe
Joseph HornseyPresident and Janitor

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I assumed you were talking about splitting the PDF into individual files for each page, or something like that.  LOL.

Joe's response is probably a lot more intelligent. :)
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Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Joseph,
Don't sell yourself short — yours is a very reasonable interpretation! And if that's what Phil meant, your recommendation of PDFsam is a good one, although I use The PDF Toolkit for that — usually the PDFtk Server CLI, occasionally the PDFtk Pro GUI. The one-line PDFtk Server solution to split a multi-page PDF into one-page PDFs is:

pdftk.exe InputFile.pdf burst

Regards, Joe

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OK, I really appreciate all the responses.  I've got a 50-page PDF file, and need to have the pages numbered ... from 1-50.  I'm using Adobe Acrobat version XI Pro, and couldn't find the header/footer tool anywhere.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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> I'm using Adobe Acrobat version XI Pro, and couldn't find the header/footer tool anywhere.

I'm also using Acrobat XI Pro. The instructions in my previous post #a41979541 explain how to do it. Are you having any problems following those steps?
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Phil,
I decided this is worthy of an EE video Micro Tutorial:

How to add page numbers to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro :
https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/5783/

I hope that's helpful for you. Regards, Joe
Joseph HornseyPresident and Janitor

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Thanks for the kind words, Joe.  I've used PDFsam for years and years.  I'll check out those other tools, though.

Cheers!

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This is strange, but maybe I've neglected to do something in my Adobe setup.  Attached are the choices I get under "Tools".  And I can't view Joe's video ... it says "Permission Denied".
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> it says "Permission Denied"

Probably an EE website glitch. I'll submit a bug report on it. In the meantime, click the Pages menu on the screenshot you posted. That will then give you this:

pages
Click the Header & Footer drop-down and then click Add Header & Footer..., which will give you this:

Step4
Hopefully, you'll be able to follow that dialog. If not, wait for my video, which goes through the whole process step-by-step. Regards, Joe

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That did the trick.  Thanks for sticking with me.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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You're welcome — I'm glad that did the trick for you. Btw, you should also have a Tools button at the top on the toolbar, which looks like this:

Step1
Clicking on it will display the Tools pane, which looks like this (it's a toggle, so clicking it again will remove the Tools pane):

Step2
Then clicking the Pages arrow will show the Pages menu, as in my earlier screenshot. Just another way to achieve the same thing. Regards, Joe

P.S. Thanks, Phil, for letting me know about the video problem. I submitted this bug report on it.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Phil,
Just a quick note to let you know that EE published my video (and on Monday the bug will be fixed, so it shouldn't happen again). Although you've already solved the problem, you may find it worth 3-1/2 minutes to watch the video:
How to add page numbers to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

Regards, Joe

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