How to Combine PDF Files on Windows 11

There are many reasons to combine multiple PDFs into a single document. For example, you may have to submit them to your school or workplace as a single document. Or you might want to reduce the clutter of having to deal with multiple documents.

This guide shows you how to combine PDF files on Windows 11 using various methods, including:

  • Free offline combiners
  • Paid offline combiners
  • Free online PDF combiners (i.e., on a browser)

Free Offline Combiners

Free offline combiners are an excellent choice for combining PDFs if you don’t need advanced features. Here are some commonly used ones.

1. PDF Merger & Splitter

PDF Merger & Splitter is a free PDF editing software that can combine or split PDF documents.

  1. Go to the Start menu and search for “microsoft store”. Launch the app.

    Type in "microsoft store" then pick the first option
    Type in microsoft store, then pick the first option.
  2. In the search bar, type in “PDF Merger & Splitter”.

    Search for "PDF Merger &Splitter."
    Search for PDF Merger &Splitter.
  3. The first result should be what you’re looking for. Select it and click the Get button to install it.

    Click "Get."
    Click Get.
  4. Once installed, launch the app and click the Merge PDF option.

    Click "Merge PDF."
    Click Merge PDF.
  5. In the new window, click Add PDFs to select the PDFs you want to merge from your computer.

    Click "Add PDFs."
    Click Add PDFs.
  6. Click the Merge PDF button on the bottom right when you’ve added your files.

    Click "Merge PDF."
    Click Merge PDF.
  7. Select where you want to save the combined PDF file, and type in its name.
Save the merged PDF.
Save the merged PDF.

2. PDFsam

PDFsam is a free, open-source PDF editor that can split, merge, rotate, and crop your PDF files. It also has a handy function that lets you extract pages from a PDF and save them as a separate document.

  1. Go to the PDFsam website and click the Download PDFsam Enhanced button.

    Click DOWNLOAD PDFSAM ENHANCED
    Click Download PDFsam Enhanced.
  2. Once the download is finished, open the file and follow the installation instructions.

    Follow the installation instructions.
    Follow the installation instructions.
  3. After installing, open the program and select Merge files to PDF.

    Click Merge files to PDF
    Click Merge files to PDF.
  4. Click the plus symbol under Merge Files.

    Click the plus symbol
    Click the plus symbol.
  5. Select the PDF files you want to merge from your computer and click Open.

    Select the PDF files you want to merge
    Select the PDF files you want to merge.
  6. Once the files have been added, click the MERGE button in the upper right corner.

    Click MERGE.
    Click MERGE.
  7. PDFsam will now combine your PDFs into a single document. To save it, click the three-line icon in the upper left corner, then choose Save as.

    Click the three-line icon in the upper left corner, then choose Save as
    Click the three-line icon in the upper left corner, then choose Save as.

Paid offline combiners offer many features that free ones don’t, such as the ability to edit the text and images in your PDFs, convert them to other formats, or password-protect them. If you need more than just the basics, then a paid offline combiner is the way to go.

1. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe is the company that created the PDF format, so it’s no surprise that their Adobe Acrobat software is one of the best PDF editors. Adobe Acrobat, you can merge and split PDFs, add text and images, fill out forms, and sign documents electronically.

  1. To get started with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, go to the Adobe website and click the Free for 7 days button to begin your free trial.

    Click the Free for 7 days button to start your trial.
    Click the Free for 7 days button to start your trial.
  2. Select a plan and enter your payment information.

    Choose the plan you want.
    Choose the plan you want.
  3. Once you’ve completed the sign-up process, you can download and install Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on your computer.
  4. When you’re done, open the program.

    The Adobe Acrobat Pro DC main workspace
    The Adobe Acrobat Pro DC main workspace.
  5. If you can’t see the Combine Files option in the main workspace, click the Tools tab and select Combine Files from the list of options.

    Click the Tools tab and select Combine Files.
    Click the Tools tab and select Combine Files.
  6. Click Add Files to select the PDFs you want to merge in the Combine Files interface.

    Click Add Files.
    Click Add Files.
  7. After selecting your files, click Combine. It’s at the top-right corner of the window.

    Click Combine.
    Click Combine.
  8. Adobe Acrobat will now combine your PDFs into a single document. To save it, click File in the window’s upper-left corner, then click Save As.
Save your combined PDF.
Save your combined PDF.

2. Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement is another easy-to-use paid PDF editor that allows you to combine documents.

  1. Go to the Wondershare PDFelement website and select Free Download.

    Click Free Download.
    Click Free Download.
  2. After downloading and installing the program, open it and click the Combine PDF option in the main workspace.

    Click Combine PDF
    Click Combine PDF.
  3. Next, click the Add Files button to select the PDF files you want to merge.

    Select the PDF files you want to merge
    Select the PDF files you want to merge.
  4. After selecting your PDF files, click Apply.
    Click Apply
    Click Apply.

    Note: the free version can only combine up to 3 files with a 20MB total file size limitation. If you want to combine more files or larger PDFs, you must upgrade to the paid version.

    The professional Privilege window
    The professional Privilege window.
  5. To save your merged PDF, click the File button in the left upper corner, choose Save As, and select the path you want to save your file.

    Save your merged PDF
    Save your merged PDF.

Free Online Combiners

Online combiners are an excellent option when you don’t want to install additional software. They also tend to be more user-friendly than offline editors.

1. Smallpdf

  1. Go to the Smallpdf website.
  2. Click the CHOOSE FILES button to select the PDFs you want to merge. You can also drag and drop your files into the provided area.

    Click CHOOSE FILES.
    Click CHOOSE FILES.
  3. After selecting your files, check the radio button next to Merge files, then click Choose option.

    Choose Merge files then click Choose option.
    Choose Merge files, then click Choose option.
  4. In the next window, click MERGE PDF!

    Click MERGE PDF!
    Click MERGE PDF!
  5. Your merged PDF will be ready for download. Click on Start Download to save it to your computer.

    Download your combined PDF.
    Download your combined PDF.

2. PDF Converter

  1. Go to the PDF Converter website and click Choose PDF file.

    Click Choose PDF file.
    Click Choose PDF file.
  2.  After selecting the PDFs you want to combine, click Merge PDF.

    Click Merge PDF.
    Click Merge PDF.
  3. Your merged file will now be ready for download. Click Start Download to save it to your computer.

    Download your merged PDF.
    Download your merged PDF.

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