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      • 40. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

        I found this forum in response to a query about a problem that I am having.  When I print my PDF file, margins are fine.  Then I duplex print, and the image seems to be shrunk, with wider margins.  As it is a tri-fold brochure, this is a real problem.  Any ideas what might be going on?  For now I will just print a bunch of page 1s, then put em back inthe printer for page 2.  The thing that I find really frustrating is that it worked fine on duplex a few weeks ago.  Must have set something wrong...

        • 41. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

          I agree, PDF is more commonly used as an active review tool.   We  need to change the margins of pdfs coming from different sources and versions.  We currently use 8.0 Standard, and receive 9.0X.  We create call-outs to indicate proposed changes.  When the received pdf has only .5 margins, the call-outs cover the text.  We purchased "Very PDF" which is not working well for us.  Since using Very PDF, we have problems with the documents "timing out" and not saving to our Interwoven Document Management System.  The users often loose changes when PDF freezes.


          By the way, moving to 9.0 Pro made the situation worse.


          Based on the contents of the posts, this is the first time I finally see a way to shrink the margins natively (i.e., without Very PDF).  It's cumbersome,  Now I'm going to try to locate someone that can help us "macro" these steps so I don't have to rely on 3rd party vendors who don't offer support.  Feel my pain!


          If anyone can chime in on recommending someone to write the macro, I'd appreciate it.

          • 42. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
            DimitriM Level 3

            Hi TechPorVida,


            Did you give the previously mentioned free automation tool "Resize Pages Tool" a try?  You can download it at-


            (Scroll down in the list for the one titled "Resize Pages Tool").


            Hope this helps,





            • 43. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
              TechPorVida Level 1

              I did and its great.  I'll need to reviewe the script with a developer at

              Interwoven to make sure it can't interfere with the Adobe/FileSite

              integration (unless you know the answer.)  I'm purchasing an annual

              subscription to PDFScripting.  The firm name is King, Holmes, Paterno &

              Berliner.  That'll be me.  Can't thank you enough, this issue has been an

              elusive sucker for a while.

              • 44. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                I converted a Word doc into a .pdf, but my word doc is 1/4 page and it gives me a full page in pdf.  How can I make it a 1/4 page in .pdf as well?

                • 45. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                  Hate to promote some non-adobe product but *THE BEST* solution is a paid application called Quite Imposing, simple plug in that works.  NO, its not cheap but if you need to manipulate .pdf documents on a regular basis, this software will completely recreate (in a good way) the way you manage .pdf documents.  I cannot imagine trying to photoshop a .pdf just to shove the document .125 inches in any direction.  They do have a trial version of it.


                  My thoughts, if you have someone that versed in Photoshop they are netting a decent salary, stop wasting their time and save the wasted salary, buy QI once and move on.


                  I have no connections, ties, or any other gains to the company, just seen the software in action, truely amazing stuff.


                  I apologize about the promotion of non-adobe application but this is really what should be put into adobe out of the box!

                  • 46. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                    Richard Eger Level 1

                    Dear Ken,


                    It looks like you also left me a PM on the Adobe forum.  Where do you buy

                    this software?




                    • 47. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                      kenjunior08 Level 1

                      Google it.  Direct from company, they are not in US.

                      • 48. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                        ~graffiti Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        kenjunior08 wrote:



                        I apologize about the promotion of non-adobe application but this is really what should be put into adobe out of the box!

                        No worries. QI is a well known product around here (plus you need Acrobat to run it) and they've had someone from their company that used to visit here frequently that was very helpful.

                        • 49. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                          I'm late coming across this question but it seems like it's on-going so I'll add my simple solution.


                          If I'm understanding you correctly, the problem is that when you print to PDF from other applications, the PDF's margins are too wide and "paper is wasted" when printing multiple page documents.


                          To avoid cropping, rotating, resizing, etc., go to Print, select the "Adobe PDF Settings" tab, and under the "default settings" option, select "Oversized Pages", then click "OK".


                          Now when you print to letter-sized paper, the margins will be wider and you will not have to adjust % and crop pages.

                          • 50. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                            A PDF file is the one which can be easily accessed on any system irrespective of its configuration. You can improve the form of a PDF file by changing and customizing the margins, page size, page layout and the presentation of the content. u can easily crop the page in edit option but for more precise answer


                            • 51. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                              It must exist in previous versions too, but in Adobe X (ver 10) you can choose "Multiple Pages" or "Booklet printing" in the drop down box for Page Scaling when you have the Print dialog box open. This will print "2-pages-per-sheet" without the extra margin padding. You just need to take care that the printer thinks it is printing "Landscape" if you're printing 2 "Portraits" per page and vice-versa. The printer should still only print "1 page per sheet" and set to duplex (especially for booklet printing).

                              • 52. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                I recently upgraded to "Acrobat XI Pro" and still couldn't figure out how to keep the text further away from the edge of a page. Actually, how to create a margin.


                                I am a long term user of "FinePrint" and its mate "PDF Factory Pro" and with that team onboard it was rather easy to create a PDF with a nice margin.

                                These programs are actually printer drivers; graphical printer drivers I guess.


                                It has to be said that when increasing the Binding margin in "FinePrint" the whole page scaled a little bit down. Not to an extend that it was an issue.

                                As my PDF (a conversion from an EPUB eBook) was a book, I Extracted in "Acrobat XI Pro" the original cover of the book from the PDF-with-the-tiny-margins.

                                Next I 'printed' the file to "FinePrint". There I adjusted the Binding margin and "printed" further on to "PDF Factory Pro".

                                In "PDF Factory Pro" I saved the file as a PDF. That file I opened next in "Acrobat XI Pro" where I replaced the now somewhat squeezed cover of the book with the one I had saved from the original PDF. All sorted.


                                "FinePrint" is cultural-aware: it can work with both documents that flip from right-to-left as well as those that flip from left-to-right.

                                In my case the outcome worked for me in one go. "FinePrint" can adjust the Binding margin and that means either on the left or on the right side of the page.

                                I guess if you would need to resize significantly both the left and the right margins you may have to repeat the production process a second time.

                                After 1 'pass' I didn't notice any decrease of the quality; the text stayed sharp etc.


                                Hope this information is useful to someone. Like to the programmers of Acrobat....


                                Have a great day.

                                • 53. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                  Changing Margins is a doddle with the

                                  "Quite Imposing Plus"

                                  Plug-In for Acrobat.


                                  Here are the Settings I used to fix a PDF that had no Margins:

                                  From the "Imposition Control Panel" select "Step and repeat"

                                  (I created a preset called "MARGINS" to easily repeat the task again)



                                  STEP & REPEAT - 1`.png


                                  STEP & REPEAT - 2.png


                                  STEP & REPEAT - 3.png

                                  Just click on


                                  and in a couple of seconds

                                  you have a perfect PDF with the Margins you desire!

                                  • 54. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                    D Ben Level 1

                                    6-17-2015:  "If the reply above answers your question, please take a moment to mark this answer as correct by visiting: https://forums.adobe.com/message/7652785#7652785 and clicking ‘Correct’ below the answer."

                                    Unfortunately, there was no "Correct" to click on. 

                                    Azon's answer was through and easy to follow.  Thank you!

                                    • 55. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?



                                      I have a similar problem and have read this thread in full, but can't work out how to fix it. Can anyone help?


                                      I have a PDF made up of multiple sections. Some sections have page margins that are too narrow; other sections have page margins that are perfect as they are. I want to increase the page margins just of certain sections, and I need to make this change in the PDF itself. All pages are A4.


                                      I need to make these changes within the PDF itself, as this will later be printed by someone else (on A4 paper), along with lots of other PDFs. This batch printing will be done with the mode 'Print actual size' (not 'fit to scale'), to be consistent with the other PDFs.


                                      I'm using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.


                                      Huge thanks to anyone who can help!



                                      • 56. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                        Hello Kim,

                                        I just came back to this forum and found that you had posted. What I have resolved to to is this. I use PowerPoint 2013 and then turn them into pdfs. The borders will change from a PP to a pdf and so I actually print up the pdf and measure all the sides by 16ths of an inch. I will make the border the same by adjusting the PP by .01 increments on all the sides to get the desired border around all the sides. After awhile I get a feel for it. Usually 1/16" + .04  I may have to print it up few times before I have got the border even on all sides. I print to actual size too since so many out there may not have the ability to select fit to page. This way it may be closer to what I am printing out. This may or may not help you but might give you clues how you may want to figure a work around.

                                        • 57. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                          I totally understand your frustration with the lack of margin set up in Adobe Acrobat pdf files.  When I create a booklet in either Word or Publisher I make sure the margins are very narrow but Adobe changes them and I cannot make them print any narrower.  Why can't Acrobat just leave the margins as they are created?

                                          • 58. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                            NWTrillium Level 1

                                            I just reread my reply and realized it had so my errors in it. I edited just now so it makes more sense : /  Yes I was floored about the whole margin issue when I discovered it. I tried publisher and word but use PP since it allows me way more flexibility when I make digital products. When I have decorative borders I use this approach. I think you will notice that when the document compresses in pdf form some things can get wonky. I don't know if it is possible to control the compression to the point where it is exactly the same, something has got to give in the process. I know my clipart doesn't hold at 300dpi when converted to pdf.

                                            Also their viewer is not always exact compared to what prints out too. Many times things will look a little distorted on the pdf but it will print up fine. I don't think this is a priority with Adobe. I get frustrated with their approach on many things. It is what it is. 

                                            • 59. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                              Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

                                              Deanne Broughton and Susanne Jones,


                                              To be very clear, nothing in Acrobat changes the margins that you have setup in you Office documents. The entire layout is passed to Acrobat for creation of PDF (either via PDFMaker or the AdobePDF PostScript Printer Driver instance) by the Office applications and Acrobat makes no changes to what is passed to it.


                                              With regards to clipart not holding to 300dpi, there can be two issues at play here. First, you need to be careful which joboptions you specify. The Standard joboptions do downsample raster images to 150 dpi. You should consider using the High Quality Print joboptions instead. Secondly and more importantly, just because raster images that you import into a Microsoft Office document are 300 dpi does not mean that Office maintains the full resolution. Depending upon the version of Microsoft Office you are running and the individual applications therein, images may be automatically downsampled when imported or output. Check the preferences for each of the programs. Those options are freak'in scary and can do serious output quality damage if not changed to something more reasonable!!!


                                              I suspect that most of your issues are really with Microsoft. There is nothing that Adobe can do once the fully formatted content is passed to us by these applications!


                                                             - Dov

                                              • 60. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                                NWTrillium Level 1

                                                Thank you Dov.


                                                Well from a user's point of view I just know that when I print from a PP I get one border and when I covert it to pdf I get a completely different border when I print it. In PP I do select do not compress graphics for what it is worth. I have no idea how much that helps.


                                                I know if I try to print to adobe printer my hyperlinked images and text is lost and have to use Save to Pdf to keep the links in place. I find it odd that regular links in the same document will hold onto the link but the hyperlinked images and text don't. It seems to this user it is inconsistent from my end.


                                                I was also having problems with the designer fonts, they weren't translating when converting to pdfs. It may be a bad hand off from MS but how is the users to know. I think I reasonably assumed that if I want to turn a document into a pdf it will look the same way and the fonts would be preserved. But with editing pdf I guess Acrobat now reads the fonts and it it doesn't align with it's list it goes BOING. Yes there are so many settings I have no idea what they all do and many times what I am doing is not what manuals address. For instance making printables with PP. 


                                                Well I do lock my pdfs and prior to that I always check the box to print to high resolution, but not sure the dpi with the graphics have been preserved or to what degree from changing the settings in both PP and the pdf. I recently tried to check to see if there was a way to see if the graphics still held onto the 300dpi in the pdf but couldn't find anything that would show me that. Is there a way to check this?


                                                I use PP 2013 with Win7 64 bit Ultimate. Yes the settings are scary for sure and I have had to start making notes of what they are so I can refer back to them since I keep forgetting why I am not doing this or that now since I discovered this or that doesn't work well. I know there are a lot of us doing the same thing I am but no place for us to go to get best ways on this. I get different advice from so called experts who don't really get what I am doing and then I end up back tracking and having to redo things since now I realized all too late my hyperlinks don't work with Print to Adobe. I think they can hear me screaming all the way to the east coast when I discover these things out. 


                                                I wish MS and Adobe would be more on the same page with this stuff since users are caught in the mucky middle. I am not about to be a graphics designer but still need to do better desktop publishing with PP 2013 and Acrobat XI. Better yet I wish Siri was in my PP and Adobe and I could just tell her to figure it out and make it for me ; ) 


                                                But since MS is not translating entirely well with Acrobat I figured out my work around with printing and measuring and adjusting the graphics to create an even boarder and it works. So yes I have PP not compressing graphics and yes I have high resolution for pdf, it doesn't help the border issue that is why the work around.


                                                If you have any others suggestions, please share since I would like to produce the best possible pdfs for my buyers.

                                                • 61. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                                  Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                  DId you check the page scaling options? If set to fit to page it will seem to enlarge the margins.

                                                  • 62. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                                    NWTrillium Level 1

                                                    Hi Test Screen, well if I am tracking you correctly on this, in pdf printing I set it up to print to "actual size" not to "fit" to page. I am assuming that would be a scale of 100%? Is that what you mean?

                                                    • 63. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                                      Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                      Yes, that is 100%. Printing From the PDF, not making the PDF.

                                                      • 64. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                                        You can decrease margins: Open the document in pdf & use the "Extract" Function

                                                        You can increase margins all around in a limited way: Open the document in pdf and print to pdf then change the scaling

                                                        • 65. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?

                                                          Dear guys,

                                                          I faced a similar problem, I had an eBook that had Big margins that waste a lot of space and make the print look small, I tried to use actual scale when printing it, but as the margins where not equally the same on each side, this option didn't help a lot.


                                                          I wanted something like a 'crop' for each and every 400+ pages of this unique eBook!

                                                          I found a way, drop Adobe PDF and go for Foxit Phantom PDF. It is a way better with tons of feature that basically you can do whatever you want with your PDF file, cut add or deleted specific pages, edit text, change text re-flow, exactly as you do it with MS word!!!

                                                          Also you can crop all of you pages in no time, then print the new file exactly as you wanted.

                                                          I highly recommend it to any one who want more than a simple PDF reader.

                                                          • 66. Re: How to change Margins in PDF?
                                                            Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                            Did you try Acrobat? Adobe has these features, but not in the free Reader.

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