PDF File is wrong Page Size

I have a finished book in Word for Mac, with the page set to 8.5" X 5.5". But when I open the PDF, the file size become 8.5" X 11"

Can I use Adobe Acrobat Pro to change this?

Or is there an incorrect setting on Word?

Lastly, is it a setting in my Mac OS?

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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Why not make sure when you print/convert the word into PDF, to set the type as you want, presumably, you want it two pages of the document per one page of 8.5x5.5
check when creating the PDF you are not fitting your output to one page. Print option as two pages per page, book style....

Main point, you could possibly do it with acrobat PDF, but IMHO, using correct setting for PDF conversion from the original is better.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I already have Word configured correctly (I think)


Yet in the PDF, it's changed to a full page

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I understand that the setting in word is correct for the page. When you convert to the PDF, are you printing it through a PDF printer, or are you using a PDF converter with the word doc as the source and the PDF as the output.
In one of those, when printing using PDF printer, you have to specify that you are printing , two pages of your document to one page of paper (8.5x5.5)
it sounds as though when your conversion to pdf it converts page from word to page 8.5x11 in PDF.
IMHO, you will have difficutlies reformating the PDF in acrobat...
let me take a look at word and see whether it has the coversion options. i.e. save as PDF.....
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Microsoft Word for Mac, Version 15
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Word for Mac, with the page set to 8.5" X 5.5"

That's a Word file.

> when I open the PDF, the file size become 8.5" X 11"

That's a PDF file.

What software created the PDF file from the Word file? That's likely your culprit. Btw, if the PDF Producer is Quartz PDFContext, there's a chance that's the problem. I recently had a client who sent me a PDF where Acrobat shows these Properties:

Quartz PDFContext problem
The page size shows as 34.22x48.24 inches, but it was scanned as an A4, which is 8.3x11.7 inches. Seems that Quartz PDFContext created a PDF with incorrect metadata in it. Don't know if that's the culprit in your case, but it's worth a look. Regards, Joe
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I may have found the source of the problem...

I have "Page Attributes" set...

Page Attributes

But when I changed the Dropdown to MS Word, a different dialog popped up.

Microsoft Word
What should the settings be?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Oops...when I started working on my comment, nothing had been posted yet. I see that a lot has happened since then. I'll review all the posts now and will see if I have anything to add. Regards, Joe
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
We "crossed in the mail"" as it were...

I see lots of options now...

but am unsure what is the right setting.
I do not have access to a word on mac, but when printing using a PDF printer, I have the option to print/combine two pages from your document to one page of paper 8.5x11... i think what is what you want.

If you compare your word doc page and the resulting PDF are they the same in the terms of content?
The one you have seem to match

The difficulty is whether your 8.5x5.5 is a landscape layout or a portrait layout.
is the 8.5 at the top or on the left?
i.e. verticale or horizontal page layout.

i.e. newspaper type of layour, or ..

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
What do you want the width and height of each PDF page to be? In any case, clicking the Page Setup button should allow you to set the width and height.
oh, the suggested result, seems to match your side by side pages (Landscape). If you change your page to portrait, the stacking will be
versus the current
page1 page2
A V GeorgeAdditional General ManagerCommented:
Newbieweb: You can only crop PDF pages using Acrobat Pro. You cannot reformat the text in a PDF to fit into a different page size.

As already pointed out by Arnold, you need to select Acrobat Distiller or any other installed PDF maker from the drop down printer list in the Word Print options window and set the correct output page size in the Printer Properties page.

You can also save the Word file as PDF if you have the option in your Word Save As... menu.

Good Luck!
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I have it working. Thanks for the help...
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. And thanks back at you for the update — great news that you have it working!
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