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How To Count Pages in Multiple PDF Files: Three Easy Methods

Do you need to know how to count pages in multiple PDF files?

Perhaps it's part of your billing process, tallying up the number of pages you've worked on for a client. Or maybe you just need to check how much paper you'll need to print a batch of documents.

Whether you're looking for a straightforward browser method, or you're confident working with JavaScript in Acrobat DC, we've got you covered. Read on to learn how to count pages across several different PDF documents.

Method 1. How To Count Pages in Multiple PDFs at Once With Adobe Acrobat DC

If you have a licence for Adobe Acrobat DC then you can use JavaScript to count the pages in your PDFs. It's a little on the technical side, but if you follow the steps below you'll be fine.

Don't worry if you don't have Acrobat DC, just skip to the next section for a free, easy method that doesn't require Acrobat.

  1. Open Acrobat DC and go to Tools > Action Wizard.
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  1. Make an action using this JavaScript code:

    if (global.pagesCounter==null) global.pagesCounter=0;
  2. Call the action "Count Pages" and save it.
  3. Next, use the following code to create a Custom Command:

    if (global.pagesCounter==null) app.alert("You must first run the \"Count Pages\" Action.");
    else {app.alert("Number of pages counted: " + global.pagesCounter,3); delete global.pagesCounter;}
  4. To count pages in multiple PDFs, you simply need to run the Count Pages action on the files or folders you want to count. If you run it on a folder, it automatically includes any subfolders inside it. However, exercise caution when doing this, because it will also convert any non-PDF files in the folder into PDFs.
  5. Display the page count by clicking on the custom command.

Method 2. A Universal Way To Count Pages in Multiple PDF Files for Free (Works for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android Devices)

Of course, the method outlined above is only useful if you have Acrobat DC. It also requires a level of technical confidence that not everyone has. If you're not comfortable using JavaScript, then this simpler method is perfect for you.

UPDF covers all your PDF editing needs, and it works as a bulk PDF page counter too. There's no need for coding or any technical knowledge at all. Just download UPDF for free and try it today.

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To use UPDF to count the pages in multiple PDF files, follow these easy steps:

  1. Choose "Batch" after opening UPDF.
  2. Then click "Combine".
  3. Add the PDFs you're working with. You can do this by dragging the files into UPDF, or by searching for them.
  4. Click "Apply" to merge them into a single file, and then choose a folder to save it to.
  5. Now open that merged file in UPDF, and check the page count at the top of your screen.
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Method 3. Another Way To Count Pages in Multiple PDF Files (Time-Consuming)

This final option shows you how to count pages in multiple PDF files without an additional tool. It's a simple method that works in all the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.) It's definitely slower than the methods outlined above. It's also tricky to make sure you haven't missed a document making your page count inaccurate.

Despite that, it's an effective workaround for counting up pages across several documents. You don't need any special software because it works in whatever browser you normally use.

  1. Open each PDF in a separate tab of your web browser.
  2. Navigate to each file in turn and make a note of the page count.
  3. Tally up the pages in each file.
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A basic, low-tech way to get a combined page today for several PDFs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Counting Pages in Multiple PDFs

What program counts the number of pages in a PDF?

UPDF offers an easy way to count the pages in a PDF. Simply opening the file will display the page count clearly at the top of the page. It also shows the page count in the 'Recent' list on opening UPDF, so you don't need to open your most recently used documents to check. If you need to count pages in multiple PDFs, you can achieve that quickly by merging them into a single document and checking the combined page count.

How can I tell how many pages a PDF has without opening it?

How can I tell how many pages a PDF has without opening it?

The first method in this article shows you how to count the pages in a PDF without opening it. In brief, you use the Action Wizard to create an action with a custom command using the two JavaScript snippets detailed above. Then it's a simple matter of running the action on the files or folders you want to count.

How do you count pages in multiple Word documents?

3.You can do this through Windows File Explorer. Add all the Word documents you want to check into a single folder to make the process easier.

  1. Open the folder and click "View" on the ribbon menu.
  2. Then click "Details" on the menu that pops up.
  3. Right-click on "Name" in the heading bar and then select "More".
  4. Scroll down the alphabetical list, tick the "Pages" option, and click "OK".
  5. You'll see a new column on the right-hand side giving the page count of each document.
  6. Then simply add those numbers to get the total page count.


So, now you know how to count pages in multiple PDF files. You've got three bulk PDF page counter options ranging from the more technical Acrobat method to the simple but slow browser method.

For a tool that counts pages across multiple PDFs quickly and easily, you can't get better than UPDF. The straightforward merge feature lets you see the page count without having to add it up yourself, and without having to mess around with code.

See for yourself how easy it is. Get started by downloading UPDF today.

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