How To Shrink A PDF For Free (2024)

Make a PDF smaller by shrinking it with this software. We'll teach you how to do it for free on this page!
Last updated on:
December 29, 2023
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Learn how to shrink a PDF on this page. We know how much you value your time, so we are not going to waste any of it.

Reading this guide won’t take longer than 2 minutes, and you’re actually going to leave this page with a shrunk PDF — our software is embedded here.

Without any further ado, let’s go and shrink some PDFs!

How to shrink a PDF file (for free)

  1. Drag & Drop the file in the box below;
  2. Adjust the settings or leave them as recommended;
  3. Wait 10 seconds & Download the PDF.

You can change the shrinking settings for your PDF. For instance, you can type a specific value, like 15% or 250KB.

Then, our tool will compress your PDF either by 15% or as much a to reach a total file size of 250KB. Type whichever value suits you best.

Resizing a PDF

It takes no more than 10 seconds for our PDF shrinking software to do its job. After that, you can freely download the shrunk PDF.

Shrinking a PDF can help you store it without covering so much disk memory, as well as sending it via email (attachment) without much effort.

Can a PDF be shrunk?

Yes, and it’s most convenient to use an online PDF shrink software. It’s free:

  1. Upload your document (Drag and Drop);
  2. Adjust the shrinking settings or leave as is;
  3. Wait ~10 seconds & Download the PDF.

Making a PDF’s file size smaller is also very quick, as you can see.


Can I email a PDF over 25MB?

Not until you compress it - most email providers have a 20MB upload limit:

  1. Upload the PDF to SignHouse;
  2. Click to compress it & Wait 10 seconds;
  3. Download the file;
  4. Attach it to an email.

Compressing your PDF for emailing is 100% free with us.

How can I convert an email to PDF on Mac?

To save email messages as PDFs using your Mac:

  1. Open the "Mail" app & Select messages;
  2. Choose "File";
  3. Select "Export as PDF".

That's how you save emails as PDFs using your Mac.

How do I convert a PDF to less MB?

To convert a PDF document to less MB, do the following:

  1. Drag & Drop your PDF in our compressor;
  2. Convert to less MB in 1 click & Wait 10 seconds;
  3. Download the PDF;

Converting a PDF to less MB is advantageous because you can send the file easier via email.

How do you send a PDF in an email if it’s too big?

You have to compress the PDF if it is too big and you want to send it via email. We have a PDF compressor for emailing that is free to use (and very quick).

How to compress a PDF for emailing on Mac?

Using your Mac computer, go to our PDF compressor:

  1. Upload the file;
  2. Wait 10 seconds;
  3. Download and send it via email.

It's 100% free to compress a PDF for email with us. Oh, and it's also online! No need to download any app.

Why should I compress a PDF?

Because smaller PDF files are way easier to store and upload across different websites. They're also faster to send via email!

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