How to Split a PDF

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How to separate pages in a PDF document with Movavi PDF Editor

How to Separate PDF Pages and Save Them as Individual Files

We often need to break a PDF into parts – for instance, you may need to extract an image or a chart from a PDF document or just split large documents into smaller chunks for easier sharing. It’s generally preferable if the file can be processed fast and accurately. If you are new to splitting PDFs, it can be tricky to figure out which PDF splitter will work best for you.

Movavi provides both online and offline solutions to join or export pages from existing PDF files without risking loss of quality or data

Keep reading to learn how to divide PDF pages using Movavi PDF Editor or its lightweight online cousin PDFChef.

How to Separate Pages in the PDF Editor’s Pages Mode

  • Step 1. Acquire the Application

    To start working with the PDF Editor, download and install the application.

  • Step 2. Set the Range of Pages to Be Extracted

    Launch the app and click Open File to open the large PDF you need to break into two or more files. Click the Manage Pages button to activate the page management mode. For multiple consecutive pages, hold down the Shift key while clicking on the first and the last page. If you want to select a number of non-consecutive pages, click on each page you want to extract from the document while holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd if you're using a Mac).

  • Step 3. Save Pages as a Separate PDF

    Click Extract on the right-hand side of the program window. Choose the folder in which you want to save the new file and enter the file name. Click Save. The selected pages will be saved as a new PDF.

How to Extract Pages from a PDF Using the Preview Panel

If you want to export just one page from a PDF file, there is no need to use the page management mode. You can do it directly in the Preview panel.

  • Step 1. Download Movavi PDF Editor

    Run the file you’ve downloaded and wait until the installation is complete.

  • Step 2. Open a File and Specify the Source Page

    Start the program, click Open File, and specify the file from which to extract the page. Then, right-click on the required page and choose the Extract option from the context menu.

  • Step 3. Save the New File

    Select the destination folder you want to save the new PDF file to, enter a name for the new file, and click Save.

How to Split a PDF into Multiple Images

If you want to know how to cut PDF pages into multiple BMP, JPG, or PNG images, this step is for you.

  • Step 1. Download the Program

    Download, install, and activate Movavi PDF Editor on your computer.

  • Step 2. Specify the Pages for Extraction

    Open the file you need to process in the PDF Editor, go to the Manage Pages mode, and select the pages as described above.

  • Step 3. Save PDF Document Images as Separate Files

    Then, choose the Convert to JPG, PNG, BMP option from the right-hand menu. Choose the desired output format, locate the target folder for the images, enter a file name for the images, and hit Save. The PDF will be divided and saved as multiple image files.

How to Split PDFs Online for Free with PDFChef

For those who prefer working online, we suggest PDFChef. PDFChef is a simplified web-based version of the PDF Editor which lets you split PDF files right in your browser without downloading any software. However, note that it supports only the PDF format, so you cannot extract individual pages as image files.

  • Step 1. Go to the Website

    To split your PDF files online, first, browse to the PDFChef website using the link below. Click Split PDFs.


  • Step 2. Upload a File

    To upload a PDF file for processing, click the Choose Files button or drag and drop a file into the workspace.

  • Step 3. Set the Page Range to Extract

    Select the range of pages to be extracted using the mouse and the Ctrl or Shift keys.

  • Step 4. Save Pages as a New Separate File

    PDFChef will automatically display the first and last page numbers of the range. Extract the selected pages to create a new PDF file using the Export button.

Now you know how to split PDF pages with no fuss! Just get Movavi's software and choose the section of the guide that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

For this task, try Movavi PDF Editor:

1. Open the PDF in Movavi PDF Editor

2. Select the Pages to Extract
Click Manage Pages and select the pages you want to separate out.

3. Extract and Save the Pages
Click Extract in the right panel. In the dialog window that appears, enter a name for the file and choose the folder to store it in, then click Save. The pages will be saved as a separate PDF.

In Movavi PDF Editor, you can split documents in the same way as you split PDFs:

1. Open the PDF in PDF Editor.

2. Select the pages to extract.

3. Right-click the selected pages and select Extract from the context menu.

4. Enter a name for the file, choose the folder to save it in, and click Save. The selected files will be saved as a separate file.

Repeat the steps to extract other groups of pages from the PDF.

We can offer you two options depending on how often you work with PDF files and how large they are:

  • If your PDF is small, you can use our online PDFChef tool. Upload the file and enter the number of the page you want to extract, then click Export selected. The single page you want to send will be downloaded.
  • If you want to extract and send one page from a large PDF document, we recommend you use the Movavi PDF Editor desktop app.
    1. Open the program and add the PDF.
    2. Select the page you want to extract.
    3. Right-click the selected page and select Extract.
    4. Enter a name for the file, choose a folder, and save the PDF.

You can extract one or multiple pages from a PDF. The program does not support selecting a range of pages and then saving each page as an individual PDF file. So, if you need to save several pages as separate files, you need to extract them one by one.

1. Open the PDF in Movavi PDF Editor.

2. Right-click the page you want to save, and select Extract.

3. Enter the name of the file, choose a folder and save the page as a standalone file.

4. Repeat as needed

You can also use our free online tool if your PDF is a small file:
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