How to combine images and PDFs into a single PDF (using macOS Preview)

Some bureaucratic prick demands you combine all your documents neatly into a single PDF to make their life easier and yours a living hell? I got you. MacOS Preview can do this for you.

This post is simply to put a stake on the internet help people with macOS computers that the built-in Preview software is probably good enough to meet your needs. You don't need to use ominous online PDF tools or pay for Adobe Acrobat just to combine images and PDFs into a single PDF.

What kind of needs can be met?

  • Combine 2 or more PDFs together
  • Add 1 or more images to an existing PDF
  • Deleting pages in a PDF


As with a lot of Apple's software, the procedure is actually super intuitive... how do you imagine it can be done? That's exactly how it's done.

First, open the PDF you want to be the final, combined PDF.

Then, open the sidebar and set it to Thumbnails:

Step 1: open PDF in preview and open sidebar, set to Thumbnails

From here, you can do what you expect to be able to do.

For example, click on any thumbnail and hit the delete button to delete a page:

Step 2: delete by clicking a thumbnail and hitting the delete key

To add a page from another PDF, you open both PDFs in Preview, open both sidebars, and just drag-and-drop:

Step 3: add pages from other PDF

You're not limited to adding pages from PDFs. You can also add images by drag-and-drop:

Step 4: add image to PDF

Once you're done, save the file, and you're good to go!

This is how all software should operate. Intuitively!

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