Inserting pdf's in Pages

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  1. chrisandersen macrumors 6502

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    When I insert a two-page pdf file into a pages document, I only get the first page. New at this and can't seem to find a work around to show both pages in the doc. Thanks
     
  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    You have to insert each page individually. Open the PDF in Preview, select the desired page in the drawer, copy then paste into your Pages document.
     
  3. chrisandersen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That works, but it is a little cumbersome to do. Why won't this work. What happens if I have a long pdf?
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If the PDF is a multiple-page document, how would you expect it to work? How many applications allow this at all?
     
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    I would expect it to import all of the pages! What makes page 1 so special? If they were all imported you could simply delete the ones you didn't need, which is better than drag-drop, drag-drop, drag-drop...
     
  6. vandlism macrumors 6502

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    are you dragging the pdf files from the desktop into Pages, or are you opening preview and selecting all pages from the drawer, and then dragging them into Pages? i do not know if there is a way to drag more than one pdf page at a time into Pages. i assume it's a one to one type of thing. why is it you are dragging pdf's into Pages? to annotate or mark up in some way? if you export your Pages document to a pdf, you can use preview to insert other pdfs between the pages.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Why? This action would be at least as arbitrary as importing just the first page. Should it import each page of the PDF into a separate page? If so, why? I don't know why you would want to import a multipage PDF into Pages anyway. What are you trying to accomplish that could not be accomplished more easily in some other way?
     
  8. chrisandersen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I need that a submittal document cover page that I can edit (pages), then I need to insert a bunch of two page pdf's into for approvals.
    I tried the export to pdf from pages and when you insert blank page, it always goes into the first page position.
    I am used to using Acrobat on windows where I can make a pdf, add pages to it, re-arrange, etc. I know the mac must have something else besides what I had to do today to make this work.
     
  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I might not understand your need, but it sounds like you are just trying to add a cover page to an existing PDF. If so rearranging the pages of a PDF or adding pages to a PDF can be done very easily in Preview. Create your cover page in Pages, print or save it as a PDF. Open in Preview, open the side drawer, drag the PDF you need to attach into the drawer. The page thumbnails can be dragged in any order you want. Then save the PDF.
     
  10. chrisandersen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Duh..... That was so easy. I didn't have the sidebar open right. Thanks for your help.
     
  11. semigroup macrumors newbie

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    I'm wondering if anyone can help me with a similar issue. I'd like to combine a few hundred single page pdfs into one. I have the individual files ordered the way I'd like them in the Finder window, but when I drag them onto the Preview sidebar they appear in a seemingly random order.

    Any suggestions?
     
  12. semigroup macrumors newbie

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    Looks like I can answer my own question. Download a program called Combine PDFs. When you drag the files into that program they still show up in a funny order, but it has a nice feature that allows you to sort pages according to file name.
     
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    That will work. I've tried any number of methods of forcing Preview to import PDFs in a set order, without success.
     

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