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How can I open a .pdf file with multiple page and edit its margin?

asked 2019-06-01 11:49:25 +0200

Kaiman gravatar image

updated 2019-06-01 11:51:24 +0200

I have a 12 pages .pdf file but when I open it I can only see and work with the first page. It includes a form with fields I have to fill in. I'd like to edit its margin so the text, form along with its fields will be bigger when printed.

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answered 2019-06-01 11:59:32 +0200

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PDF files are not meant to be edited (with the exception of forms). PDF is an "end format", a display format at end of the document production chain. Every formatting in it is frozen to the state fit for printing or viewing (it is rather close to PostScript).

To retrieve the initial content to edit it needs specialised tools usually not installed by default. Many of them are commercial products.

For a simple solution, see if your printing driver offers the possibility to scale up printing (zoom factor > 100% with splitting on several sheets if needed.

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A friend somehow did exactly what I'd like to do with microsoft Word. Is that capability not available yet with LibreOffice? How can I view all 12 pages within the program?

Kaiman gravatar imageKaiman ( 2019-06-01 17:43:03 +0200 )edit

You can open a PDF document in LO. It will be managed by the Draw component, one page at a time. To display another page you must click on the page thumbnail at left.

As I wrote, PDF files are "frozen" and LO considers them as graphic material, therefore the Draw component.

A PDF viewer is an adequate tool to browse through a PDF file. You can zoom in and out, fill-in forms, annotate the document, etc. However I doubt any of them allows to change content or formatting, apart from specific apps from Adobe.

There are many PDF viewers under Linux besides Acrobat Reader. This latter app, at least, is freely available under many OSes.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-06-02 08:59:52 +0200 )edit

I saw those thumbnails once but I accidentally closed it, how can I reopen those tumbnail options?

Kaiman gravatar imageKaiman ( 2019-06-03 11:45:49 +0200 )edit

View>Page Pane

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-06-03 15:16:13 +0200 )edit
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