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How do you generate a new file for each page of a document, spreadsheet, or pdf?

Asked by xBRIANx (266points) May 11th, 2010

I have a 60 page document. I want to save each page individually (i.e. report01.doc, report 02.doc, report03.doc, etc.) so that I can e-mail the different pages to different people. Specifically I want to do it with Adobe Acrobat, but I can do it in Microsoft Word as well. Ideas?

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

I would do this with CutePDF Writer, as we’ve been discussing in another thread recently. “Print” each separate page of the document to a new .PDF filename, and then you can do what you like with the separate files.

I don’t know of a good way to save individual pages of the source file (Word or Excel, for example), other than by cutting them out and saving that way, so the first option seems like the best for me, given your example.

This frankly sounds like a good case for a Mail Merge document, but you’ve given so few details that I can’t really advise that here… yet.

lilikoi's avatar

In Adobe Pro, use the Document > Pages > Extract command to extract pages and select the “save to individual file” (or something like that) option. This will automate what you are trying to do. You can set a page range to be “extracted” and the save to individual file will automatically create each page in its own file I think. I can’t confirm exact wording or exactly where you find this feature in the program because I no longer have access to it, but I know it is there somewhere.

xBRIANx's avatar

@CyanoticWasp, I throght about using the “Print to PDF” individually for each page but I’d have to do that 60 times. Is there not a way to do this for all pages? Also, amail merge will not work because I am dealing primarily with large tables of data, not “Dear __________ our records indicate that your outstanding balance is _____________”

lilikoi's avatar

Seriously, try the extract command.

xBRIANx's avatar

@lilikoi – bingo! That did the trick. Preesh!

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@xBRIANx Mail Merge works fine with data tables, depending on how it’s set up. But it seems that you have a satisfactory answer, and that’s the main thing.

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