How to Crop Black Borders From PDF File


PDFs allow us to share more more information with each other than ever before. However, they can come with thick black borders that make it more difficult to access that information. By learning to crop multiple pages of a PDF file, you can customize the information to work more efficiently.

  • Open the Adobe PDF file in Adobe Acrobat. Make sure you are viewing the page you intend to crop.

  • Click the "Document" menu. Select "Crop Pages..."

  • When the Crop Pages Dialog box pops up, adjust the margins of the document. Eliminate the black borders, as well as any part of the document you find unnecessary. Click "Constrain Proportions" if you want to keep the same height and width ratio. You will be able to see the new version of the document in the preview box.

  • Click "OK" at the bottom of the dialog box. The document will now reflect your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Changing units in the "Crop Pages" dialog box allows you to make a crop with more precision.
  • Acrobat will not actually crop the file. It will only "cover" the portions you do not want to see. As a result, if you import the PDF to a Microsoft Word document, for example, it will not be cropped.

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