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How to compress your PDF file

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Don't use these instructions if printing to the large format plotters or color laser printers in the plot room. Instead use these instructions.

  1. Open a PDF in Acrobat DC.

  2. Open the Optimize PDF tool to compress a PDF document. 
    Choose Tools > Optimize PDF or click on the tool from the right hand panel.

  3. Select Reduce File Size in the top menu.

  4. Set compatibility of Acrobat version and click OK.
    Default will be to the existing version.

  5. Set optional advanced optimization.
    Select Advanced Optimization in the top menu to make updates to image and font compression. Click OK when you are done modifications.

  6. Save your file
    Choose File > Save As. Rename the new file with the smaller PDF size (don't overwrite the original in case compression degrades the quality). Select a location and click Save.

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