How can I compress a large PDF to a smaller size without using software so I can eMail it?

Nareen Mohammad July 30, 2012
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How can I compress a large PDF to a smaller size with out using software
so I can eMail it?

  1. The IT Bros
    January 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

    You need to use software. However there is 100% free software out there that will do this: http://theitbros.com/how-to-compress-pdf-documents-for-free/.

    "My compression ratio (when set to medium quality) dropped 86% in one instance. 87MB down to 12MB."

    This is the best FREE method with great compression ratio that we have found.

  2. Nikhil Chandak
    November 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    right - click on it & then choose the option of compress zipped
    or I don't think that u can compress ur document without any software

  3. Andrew Harvey
    October 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    You need to use software, we compress large files all the time to create our flipbooks with a great program you can check it out on our site - there is a Free 30 day trial.
    http://www.dominateinternetmarketing.co.uk/brochure/NXpower/NXPowerLight.html

  4. Bridget
    September 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    All much too complicated. Simple method is to click on the Minus button on the toolbar until you can see the whole page on screen. Click on EDIT and select TAKE A SNAPSHOT. Click and hold, highlight the document, which will now appear pale blue. When you release the mouse click, a message tells you the highlighted area has been copied. Now Paste into a blank Word doc and save. You now have a teeny weeny doc to attach to your email.

  5. Amit Sinha
    September 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    for this you always need a software like using nitro pdf you can reduce the size of pdf file by saving it as web based ready by doing this software understands that this file is to be uploaded on any server or have to emailed.

  6. Tony Batty
    August 25, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Nareen, ha14 and Mac gave you the best solution, it is impossible, unless you have a new way, which you are keeping a secret and don't wanna share with us. But the only ways are the ones given to you, try using the Adobe PDF Pro and as you go to save as an option window will pop up and you will see compression options and you need to use the smallest option available, which will be good for attaching to an e-mail and still be of quality to print unless you want to send to be printed by a Big Print Company and you want High Quality, which will I would recommend that you burn as an image on a CD or DVD for that matter and send by postal services.

  7. Mac
    August 5, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Well, as I know, the PDF files are creating using the same algorithm as ZIP files. If the PDF file contains images, the compressing process would be a difficult task. But there are still a few option:
    - using the feature "Reduce File Size" in Adobe Acrobat Professional;
    - reducing the resolution of the images in PDF document and the pages size;
    - compressing the file with 7z archiver.

  8. ShokuBox
    August 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Try splitting the whole pdf and sending it by parts.

  9. Mr Tynesider
    August 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Simple don't compress it., save it to a cloud base such as Skydrive and then give the named person the permission to access the file.

  10. Rishabh Sharma
    August 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Winzip works the best in business afterall, i don't think there's any way to compress without any software, or if you want you can convert it in black & white, reduce font &image size- Hope it helps

  11. Steve Montgomery
    August 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Try using Adobe Send Now. It's a free cloud app for sending "too large" files. You upload the file to Adobe's cloud and at the same time your recipient gets an email link to the file. They can download it or just view it online.
    I've used it a lot, but haven't upgraded to the premium service yet. One file at a time works for me. Just Google it and it'll explain much better than I can.
    Hope this helps!

  12. Yiz Borol
    August 2, 2012 at 6:04 am

    The short answer is: you can't. To really compress something you need software of some sort.

  13. James Miller
    August 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    If I'm not mistaken you will need *some* sort of software to modify your file.

    The only way I know of would be to have a PDF editor.
    This would allow you to:
    break it into multiple documents,
    decrease font sizes, white space, and other formatting (fit more in less space)
    remove pictures or other images
    maybe a couple other things.

    As a rule PDF is should zip or rar down about 50% - depending on the percentage of imagery or other compressed material.

    Hope this helps and let us know if you find another solution

  14. Igor Rizvi?
    August 2, 2012 at 12:22 am

    You have Iexrepss 2.0 hidden in windows... so oyu can set it up.and email it... or use siome upload site like mediafire ...dropbox or something like that

  15. Phúc Ng?c
    August 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

    You can compress and split the document into multiple parts.

    • Muz Rileks
      August 2, 2012 at 1:27 am

      this is the great way, just split into 3,4 or how many part that u need

  16. Oron
    July 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nareen, I think we're all struggling with the notion of "without any software". The file is the size that it is and it can't be compressed without some software doing it...
    You can compress it _a little_ by making a ZIP version (PDFs generally are fairly compressed to begin with). The main way to compress it is to compress the images in the file, and this can only be done with PDF creation/editing programs (Adobe Acrobat, PDF Creator etc).
    If you can't _install_ software on your computer, get a portable version of one of those packages, install it on a USB drive and run it from there. Alternatively, as others have suggested, upload the file to a file sharing site and email the link to the other person so they can download it, but the file will still be large.

  17. Reý Aetar
    July 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    without any software you cant but one way is upload it to google drive(google docs) and share the link in your email

  18. JohnaRea
    July 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    If you are looking for a straightforward way to reduce a PDF then try PDFCreator. This is a (yes software) that pretends to be a printer so it is very easy to use. Then open the original PDF & pring it to the PDF creator & you can specify compression options or change to B&W etc.

    If you are looking for a way to automate the process of reducing the file without manual intervention so that you can script it then look at the command line tools available such as pdf-tools.com or similar.

    Otherwise please rephrase your question so that others may help

  19. Evan Spangler
    July 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Just put in in a zipped folder, if you are using windows. The other way is called USendit. It is a free online application that you can use to e-mail files up to 100 Megabytes.

    https://www.yousendit.com/

    • Muz Rileks
      August 2, 2012 at 1:26 am

      Thanks for it :)

  20. Ahmed Waheed
    July 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    To compress PDF files without software is an extremely long process, but you can try something a little bit easier. Using ghostscript, you don't need to install additional software for PDF compression, as this can be achieved in the command terminal. This script will only work in Linux.

    [CODE:]gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=YourOutputFileName.pdf YourInputFileName.pdf[/END OF CODE]

    The easier method is to install a free PDF compressor. This option is available for Linux, Mac and Windows users.

  21. Ahmed Waheed
    July 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    To compress PDF files without software is an extremely long process, but you can try something a little bit easier. Using ghostscript, you don't need to install additional software for PDF compression, as this can be achieved in the command terminal. This script will only work in Linux.

    gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=YourOutputFileName.pdf YourInputFileName.pdf

    The easier method is to install a free PDF compressor. This option is available for Linux, Mac and Windows users.

  22. Harron Subhani
    July 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    win rar can help you it has basic compression facilities.

  23. Âdil Farôôq
    July 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Without using any software :O

    well alternate will be send it through any file sharing server or if you want to compress try using an online compressor.
    you have to use some kind of software if you want to compress. :)

  24. jay yadav
    July 31, 2012 at 5:50 am

    How can I compress a large PDF to a smaller size with out using software
    so I can eMail it?

  25. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

    A PDF has a big size when it comes with a color version, if you want to have a small size save is as a black and white or grayscale version, It will have a small size.

  26. Suman Acharya
    July 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

    without using software in windows it is can be done by
    1. right-click > send to > compressed (zipped) folder.
    2. right-click > properties > under general tab in attributes click advanced > comprress content to save disk space
    >>>>> but both the method are useless.
    tried for you I can make 984 MB file 960MB using first method and 971 MB by the second. no good for emailing.

  27. Bruce Epper
    July 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Right-click on the PDF file and select Send To -> Compressed (zipped) file.

  28. ha14
    July 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Compressing PDF without software will be difficult unless to upload the PDF to mediafire for example, add the link in your email and send it.

    you can compress with winrar, 7zip...

    How to Reduce PDF File Size
    http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-PDF-File-Size

    • nareen
      July 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Oh sir I know that but I wont to compress the PDF without using any software...
      By the way thanks for your comment.

      • Mike
        July 31, 2012 at 12:47 am

        Well, a PDF doesn't magically compress itself.

        It does require some software be it a third party PDF editor or compression tool or some built-in PDF editing or ZIP functionality.

        Which one to choose primarily depends on what the PDF is designed for.

        If it is some print PDF you should only use compression methods like ZIP because using e.g. the "reduce size" option of a PDF editor would decrease the quality of images within the PDF.

    • Tony
      November 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Wonder why you don't want to use software.

      If you want to compress pdf and reduce pdf file size, you can try
      PDF Compressor:
      http://www.pdfcompressor.org
      It is free.

      If you just want to email it, just compress it with 7zip or split the pdf file or upload it to cloud storage.

      • ha14
        November 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm

        great link, thanks for posting, find out about it like 3 days ago, didn't test it so i don't how is the output pdf quality on compression level.

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