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Hi,

I wanted to ask about merging two files. I have opened two separate files in Publisher. First one has 2 pages and second one has 4 pages only. Both are PDF and I want to merge them together into one PDF file. Drag and drop doesn't work. Opening new file opens page as new document. Would anybody suggest a work around for this?

 

Thanks

Kind Regards,

 

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5 minutes ago, Muhd said:

Looking forward for any valuable response please? 

 

Thanks. 

Hello @Muhd,

there is no merging of Publisher files. You could 'Place' the second PDF file into the first. But the placed file is treated like a 'closed box' so you cannot shuffle around the pages.

If your goal is only to merge PDF files without further editing I would suggest to use a specialised tool just for PDF handling. There are many out there. I use successfully PDFEscape (https://www.pdfescape.com/) for this task.

d


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Of course one can merge two or more pdf files into one.

Create new project:

Drag/drop or place pdf one onto page
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose another page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.

Drag/drop or place pdf two onto a new page 
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose other page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.
 


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Merging PDFs and rearranging PDF pages is easy (OSX Preview does it nicely) but if you want to merge Publisher files not so easy. I would probably just copy-paste page contents.

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42 minutes ago, Fixx said:

but if you want to merge Publisher files not so easy

It works just like I described above
With one addition that all pages linked or embedded are becoming in the working file
Or delete the ones you don't need  from opening them in a new tab(the edit document route)


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19 hours ago, haakoo said:

Of course one can merge two or more pdf files into one.

Create new project:

Drag/drop or place pdf one onto page
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose another page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.

Drag/drop or place pdf two onto a new page 
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose other page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.
 

That is true, I did not think of placing placing the PDF multiple times by displaying their different pages. @haakoo, thanks for this. @Muhd, sorry for the partially wrong information.

d.

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19 hours ago, haakoo said:

Of course one can merge two or more pdf files into one.

Create new project:

Drag/drop or place pdf one onto page
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose another page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.

Drag/drop or place pdf two onto a new page 
Select on the toolbar which page to show on this page
Duplicate page and choose other page from the toolbar to show on this second page

etc.etc.
 

Thanks for the useful tip. However, I found this method a bit difficult if I have several pages to merge to. Plus, there are some limitations, like you have to align the content of the inserted page manually. Appreciate anyway. 

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1 hour ago, dominik said:

That is true, I did not think of placing placing the PDF multiple times by displaying their different pages. @haakoo, thanks for this. @Muhd, sorry for the partially wrong information.



d.

Thats ok, thanks. 

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10 hours ago, Fixx said:

Merging PDFs and rearranging PDF pages is easy (OSX Preview does it nicely) but if you want to merge Publisher files not so easy. I would probably just copy-paste page contents.

I agree. 

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1 hour ago, Muhd said:

you have to align the content of the inserted page manually.

If the placed page is same size as document page it should not be too difficult. Admittedly Publisher has the weirdness that it places using centre of the placed graphic as placing point, not upper left as all other softwares. Still, Publisher place tool snaps to page centre though you have to hunt it a bit.

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This worked - in some ways and not in others.

I was able to combine the two files in Acrobat and save as a new PDF.

However when I brought them into Publisher - There is NO was to adjust the margins. It seems that the page sizes were different for each document.

I adjusted all the spreads so that all pages are the same size - but there doesn't seem to be any way to adjust the margins.

Any suggestions re. margins?

I'll contact my client and get her to combine the files and page size so everything is on one document.

Before I have her go through that though - I wanted to see if there is any way to adjust the margins - given the above.

 

MUCH thanks! I am LOVING Publisher more each time I use it.

D'vorah

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On 6/30/2019 at 10:39 PM, Fixx said:

Merging PDFs and rearranging PDF pages is easy (OSX Preview does it nicely) but if you want to merge Publisher files not so easy. I would probably just copy-paste page contents.

Jip, even my own written little PDF viewer tool can do that via drag'n'drop, it's something the OSX PDF Kit and it's GUI controls (UI Widgets) do support when setup accordingly ...


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