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PDF is one of the common formats in digital documents because it is safe, clear and integrated. Many articles, e-books and documentations are saved as PDF. However, the PDF files cannot be copied, pasted and modified directly. How to extract pages from PDF? In this essay, we will show you some methods.

Part 1: How to Extract Pages from PDF on Mac OS?
Originally, Apple improved all applications in order to make a distinction between macOS and Windows. Mac Users can use Preview to easily extract pages from PDF.
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Preview on Mac

Preview is the powerful software for us to view and modify images. What’s more, it is the multifunctional PDF reader and editor. It not only contain the common functions, such as cutting, filling in sheet, adding signature and notation, and copying the text and image on PDF, but also support to view and edit TIFF, PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PSD and the formats of Microsoft Office.
Since the text on the PDF file is allowed to copy and paste within Preview, it is easy to follow these steps to extract pages from PDF.
Step 1: Open the PDF file in Preview. Then, select [Thumbnails] at the sidebar.
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Step 2: Navigate to the target pages and then drag them out of the file.
Part 2: How to Extract Pages from PDF on Windows?
There is no built-in PDF editor on Windows. If you want to copy and paste text in PDF, you should install the PDF editors. Next, we will show you how to extract pages from PDF on Windows.

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Renee PDF Aide is the software that supports to edit PDF and convert PDF. With utilization of the advanced OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, it can convert PDF to Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Image/HTML/TXT and the other common formats. You can designate the specific pages to be converted at the speed of 80 pages/min. Besides, it can repair the damaged PDF files, compress PDF files to shorten the loading time, merge several files into one and rotate the file position. En/decryption and watermark are allowed to add for PDF files, too.
It is easy to extract pages from PDF within 3 steps:
Step 1: Download and install Renee PDF Aide. Open the software and click on [PDF Tools].
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Step 2: Select [Split] at the top menu. Then, click on [Add Files] to select the PDF file. Next, select the split mode, [Split into smaller files] or [Keep specified pages].
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Step 3: Click on [Convert] to output the edited PDF file.
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2. Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is the useful tool to view, print and manage PDF files. It can not only extract pages from PDF files, but also quickly navigate to the target information in the files. Besides, users can fill in the PDF sheet and submit by email. Annotations and marks can be added onto the PDF files. To protect the data security, Adobe Acrobat offers digital identification. What’s more, it can convert PDF to the other formats, such as Word and Excel, and it can play videos and music within the PDF files.
Follow these steps to extract pages from PDF:
Step 1: Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, and then click at the thumbnail icon at the left sidebar.
Step 2: Select the target PDF pages, and then right click at it to select [Extract Pages].
Step 3: Set the range of the pages.
Step 4: Finally, select [File] – [Save as] to save the extracted PDF pages.

3. Foxit PDF Editor

Foxit PDF Editor is the PDF reader which can quickly open, display, review, add annotations and signature, and print PDF files. The developers attach importance to security pretty much from aspects of the underlying technology, application design and functions. It also supports to control and use PDF files under Microsoft SharePoint server and Office 365. Foxit PDF, with application of the quick, precise PDF rendering engine, offers high-quality rendering and wonderful experience.
Here are the steps to extract pages from PDF with Foxit PDF Editor.
Step 1: Open the PDF file with Foxit PDF Editor. Then, click at the printer icon.
Step 2: Select [Foxit Reader PDF Printer].
Step 3: Select the range of the pages and extract them from PDF.
Step 4: Finally, save the extracted pages.
Part 3: Conclusions
In this essay, we’ve learned about how to extract pages from PDF on Mac OS and Windows. It is convenient and easy for Mac users to use Preview to extract pages from PDF. For Windows users, you can use the PDF editors to convert PDF to the other formats and edit the files. Especially, Renee PDF Aide is friendly to beginners. Of course, you can try the other two editors, too!