Portable Document Format, or PDF for short, is one of the most ubiquitous file formats that is universally adopted across platforms. However, they can be quite big. Thankfully, you can reduce the file size of a PDF since macOS High Sierra.
1. Open the PDF file that you want to reduce in size. Double click it and it should open in Preview, the default PDF viewer in macOS.
2. Pull down the File menu and select Export.
3. Choose the submenu next to “Quartz Filter” and choose “Reduce File Size.”
4. Save the new reduced version of the PDF as usual by hitting “Save.”
By the way…
PDF is very useful. Invented by Adobe, it’s an open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). PDFs can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and business logic.
They can also be signed electronically (this is especially easy with an iPad and Apple Pencil). And PDF files can reliably exchanged, independent of software, hardware, or operating system.
For a detailed way to easily control the quality of your PDF file…
Based upon his insightful comment below, Rocket Yard reader Erik van der Neut contributed the updated post, “Reduce PDF File Size and Control Quality for FREE With Standard macOS Tools.”