How to Change PDF Page Size?

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PDF is a print-oriented format with a static layout and that is why it has been widely adopted in business life.

However, you may have met such problems that your PDF document should be resized as the page size is larger than the paper size. But how?

Don't worry. You will find a way to resolve your problem on this page.

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1. Page Size Series

First, let's talk about the Page Size Series.

There are two-page size series widely adopted in the world. The first one is ISO Paper Sizes. The Series A is used for Standard Printing and Stationery. Series B is used for Posters, Wall-Charts etc.

A SERIES mm × mm Inch × Inch
A0 841 × 1189 33.11 × 46.81
A1 594 × 841 23.39 × 33.11
A2 420 × 594 16.54 × 23.39
A3 297 × 420 11.69 × 16.54
A4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.69
A5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27
A6 105 × 148 4.13 × 5.83
A7 74 × 105 2.91 × 4.13
A8 52 × 74 2.05 × 2.91
A9 37 × 52 1.46 × 2.05
A10 26 × 37 1.02 × 1.46
B SERIES mm × mm Inch × Inch
B0 1000 × 1414 39.37 × 55.67
B1 707 × 1000 27.83× 39.37
B2 500 × 707 19.68 × 27.83
B3 353 × 500 13.90 × 19.68
B4 250 × 353 9.84 × 13.90
B5 176 × 250 6.93 × 9.84
B6 125 × 176 4.92 × 6.93
B7 88 × 125 3.46 × 4.92
B8 62 × 88 2.44 × 3.46
B9 44 × 62 1.73 × 2.44
B10 31 × 44 1.22 × 1.73

The United States, Canada, and in part Mexico adopted the second Page Size Series and they are today the only industrialized nations in which the ISO standard paper sizes are not yet widely used.

US Engineering mm × mm Inch × Inch
ANSI A 215.9×279.4 8.5×11
ANSI B 279.4×431.8 11×17
ANSI C 431.8×558.8 17×22
ANSI D 588.8×863,6 22×34
ANSI E 863.6×1117.6 34×44
US Architecture mm × mm Inch × Inch
ARCH A 228.6×304.8 9×12
ARCH B 304.8×457.2 12×18
ARCH C 457.2×509.6 18×24
ARCH D 609.6×914.4 24×36
ARCH E 914.4×1219.2 36×48
ARCH E1 762×1067 30×32
ARCH E2 660×965 26×38
ARCH E3 686×991 27×39

US Misc. mm × mm Inch × Inch
Letter 215.9×279.4 8.5×11
Legal 215.9×355.6 8.5×14
US Govt 203.2×279.4 8×11
Statement 139.7×215.9 5.5×8.5
Executive 184.2×266.7 7.25×10.5
Junior Legal 203.2×127 8.0×5.0
Compact 108×171 4.25×6.75
Crown 381×508 15×20
US Misc. mm × mm Inch × Inch
Folio 215.9×330.2 8.5×13
Quarto 215×275 8.46×10.8
Tabloid 279.4×431.8 11×17
Ledger 279.4×431.8 11×17
Foolscap 342.9×431.8 13.5×17
Organizer J 70×127 2.75×5
Post 394×489 15.5×19.5
Demy 445×572 17.5×22.5

2. How to Resize PDF?

As we know from the above introduction, different countries adopt different page size series. We will introduce some tools to change page size.

1. PDFMate Free PDF Converter

  • Size options: A3, A4, A5
  • Type: Desktop-based freeware

PDFMate Free PDF Converter is a multi-function converter. The powerful program provides options to resize PDF documents. Add a PDF file to the free converter, choose PDF as the output format, select a page size option and then click "Convert" button. The program will create a new resized PDF document.

Strengths: Easy to operate; Converts to many other formats, not just PDF; a desktop-based free converter.

Weaknesses: Only three-page size options are in the list and the US page size options are not available.

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2. Neevia PDFresize

  • Size options: ISO and US Paper Size Series
  • + Customize page size option
  • Type: Free Online Service

Neevia Technology provides free online service to change PDF page size. It provides perhaps the widest size options for users. Choose the page size and page orientation and then upload your PDF document. It is quite straightforward.

Strengths: All the most commonly used size options are available;

Provides additional service to change page orientation.

Weaknesses: There is a size limit for the upload PDF: 5MB.

3. DoPDF Free PDF Converter

  • Size options: ISO and US Paper Size Series
  • + Customize page size option
  • Type: Desktop-based freeware

DoPDF Free PDF Converter is a printer-based freeware. It can convert documents to searchable PDF files with the options to modify the paper size, modify the resolution, change page orientation. The program provides commonly used size options which will be very convenient for users to print the file on paper with a particular size.

Strengths: Flexible options to change page size and page orientation for printing; easy to use.

Weaknesses: It takes some time after the printing process is over for the converted file to come up and the page size options are only available when printing the file.

There are some other programs, such as Nitro Pro.8 and PDF Converter Elite, have the features to resize PDF page size but neither of them is free. For people who are looking for a program to resize pdf, the above three tools can play their roles.


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