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How to Merge PDFs With and Without Adobe (Easy Steps)

You may encounter many cases that you need to merge PDFs into one PDF. You may need to create one PDF presentation with several PDF files or you have to deliver a bulk of PDF files. Whatever scenario you are in, the best way to fix them is to combine PDF files into one PDF. But how to do it? Most of you may know merging PDF files with Adobe is a popular method, but it does not worth paying so high a price for only combining files, that is why you also should know how to combine PDFs without Adobe. In this guide, you will learn the easy steps of how to combine PDF files with and without Adobe. Check and follow the guide now.

Part 1. How to Combine PDF Files Without Adobe?

There are many ways to combine PDF files without Adobe. But not each one meets your needs. Here, we will show you two ways. One is UPDF which is a powerful PDF editor and offers many features that can help you combine PDF files for all your cases. The other is a free online tool, iLovePDF. Let's check UPDF first.

1. Merge PDF Files Via UPDF

Merging PDF documents is not the only case of merging PDF files into one, you may also need to combine one PDF into the specific position of another PDF or need to combine one PDF into different PDFs in bulk. Not every tool can help you handle all these requirements, but UPDF can do all for you. Moreover, it supports combining PDF files on all your devices like Windows, Mac, and iOS and it also allows you to add image files (JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, and GIF) to the list for merging them into one PDF file together. And UPDF does not only have pdf merging features, below are more features available in UPDF for you to check. Or you can download UPDF via the below button to test all features on your own.

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  • PDF Annotator: It is a PDF annotator and you can add various markups to your PDF file: sticky notes, text boxes, typewriters, highlights, stamps, signatures, etc.
  • PDF Editor: It is a great PDF editor and you can make modifications to all the texts and images on your PDF documents.
  • PDF Converter: You can use UPDF to convert PDF documents into Word, Excel, HTML, images, etc.
  • PDF Encrypter and Organizer: You can use UPDF to add passwords to PDF and organize the pages on PDF.
  • OCR: It helps you to turn scanned PDF documents into searchable and editable PDFs easily.

Want to know how to merge pdf files using UPDF? Here is the guide for you. And we will show you all cases including merging PDF files into one, combining two pdf files via inserting pages, and combining one PDF into multiple PDF files via batch inserting. Just go to download UPDF via the below link, and follow the below steps.

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Way 1. Merge Files into One PDF Via Batch Combine

If you want to merge all PDF files into one PDF, you can use UPDF's batch combine feature. And here are the steps you can follow.

Step 1. Click the "Batch" Option

Run UPDF on your device and then you will enter the welcome page. You will easily find that there is a "Batch" option available. Click on it to begin. Then, choose the "Combine" feature.

Choose batch combine to merge PDF files into one PDF
Step 2. Merge PDF Files

Once you click the "Combine" option, it will enter into the combining page. Find the "Add Files" option. There are three options available for you to add files.

  • By choosing the "Add Files" option, you can choose the PDF files from your device. You can select multiple PDFs and import them at one time.
  • If you already open one or more PDF files with UPDF, it allows you to "Add Open Files".
  • It also allows you to "Add Folders" directly, which will improve your productivity effectively.

Once you add all PDF files into UPDF, you can drag them to organize the order. When you finish all settings, click "Apply" and choose the place where you want to save the PDF to. Click "Save" to start the merging process. Several seconds later, the location with the merged PDF will pop up.

Apply to combine all PDF files into one PDF using UPDF

Way 2. Combine PDF Files Into One PDF Via Inserting Pages

Some of you need to combine PDF files into a special location of another PDF file which cannot be achieved by batch combining. In UPDF, you can use insert pages to do it. Here is the guide.

Step 1. Select "Organize Pages"

Just download UPDF via the below button if you do not have it on your computer. Double-click on the UPDF icon to launch it. Click "Open File" to select the PDF file you need. Find the "Organize Pages" on the left side menu and click on it.

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Click on "Organize pages" to Combine PDF Files Into One PDF Via Inserting Pages using UPDF
Step 2. Insert PDF to Combine PDF

Now, you need to click on the page where you want to insert the PDF after it. Navigate to the top menu, click "Insert" > "From File", select the PDF file, and click "Open" to combine the PDF into another one.

Insert PDF to combine PDF using UPDF

Way 3. Merge PDF Files Via Batch Inserting

If you have multiple PDF files and want to combine them into one PDF separately, you can also use UPDF to do it. Following the below steps.

Step 1. Select the "Batch Insert" Option

Click the "Batch" icon in the home interface after running UPDF. Now, you can see many options in the new window, go to select the "Insert" button.

Click on batch insert icon on Windows and Mac
Step 2. Combine One PDF Into Multiple PDFs Separately

Now, you can click "Add Files" to select all PDF files that you want to have the PDF inserted separately. Now, click "Insert File" to select the PDF file you need to combine into all uploaded PDF files. Choose the location where you want to insert the PDF into. Click "Apply" and choose the place you want to store the PDF files. Once done, you can find all the combined PDF files.

Apply batch insert to combine one PDF into multiple PDF files using UPDF

Now, you know how to use UPDF to merge PDF and Word documents into one. We highly recommend you download UPDF free trial version via the below link to test all features we mentioned above. And if you are satisfied with it, then, you can go to the UPDF pricing page to upgrade to the Pro version at a low price.

And if you want to have a much more detailed guide, you can check this video tutorial.

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2. Merge PDF Free Online

There are many tools that can help you combine PDFs online for free. iLovePDF is one of them. Here are the instructions on how to merge PDFs online:

Steps to Combine PDF Files Free Online

  • Go to iLovePDF, click the "Select PDF files" button, and then choose the files you want to merge. You can select as many files as you want.
  • Then you just need to click the "Merge PDF" button on the right bottom of the interface. iLovePDF will help you merge all PDFs into one.
  • Then click the "Download merged PDF" button to download it.
Merge PDF files using iLovePDF

Online tools can help you merge PDF files easily. But there are many drawbacks to using online tools. You need to consider the following issues before you choose to use an online tool:

  • It is not safe to use these tools.
  • Online tools always say that they are free, however, they are not really free. There are many limitations for the free version and it is also not cost-effective for the premium version.

So it is better to use the desktop tools like UPDF.

Part 2. How to Combine PDF Files Via Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat as the most famous PDF editor can help you combine PDF files easily. You can follow the below steps.

  • Open Adobe Acrobat DC if it is not already open.
  • Select "Tools" and then find "Combine Files". You can click on the "Open" button.
Combine PDF files with Adobe Acrobat
  • Drag files into the "Add Files" box or use the "Add Files" buttons to do so.
Add PDF files to combine PDF files using Adobe Acrobat
  • PDFs, images, PowerPoint presentations, emails, and other types of documents can all be selected at once. Then, click "Open" to add all files to Adobe.
  • To merge multiple PDFs into one document, then click "Combine". Once it is finished, you can see the combined PDF on your computer.

Adobe Acrobat is no doubt a good PDF software. However, it is way too expensive and users can't afford it. Its features are too complicated for most users and some of the features are useless. That's why there are more and more PDF editors like UPDF born on the market with better experience and lower prices.


We have introduced the guide about how to combine PDF files into a PDF with and without Adobe in this article. Among all the options available to merge PDF files, UPDF is the most reliable option. It offers all the features including editing, converting, OCR, annotating, and organizing PDF files. Try it out today by clicking the below "Free Download" button!

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