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How to Merge PDF Files On A Chromebook

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Combining multiple PDF documents into one file is not something I have to do often. Nevertheless, knowing how to do it is something I appreciate.

On a traditional Windows, Mac or Linux PC it’s as easy as installing one of the multitude of PDF editing apps on the market. But on a Chromebook? Well, it’s less straightforward.

Chrome comes with a built-in PDF reader. But it’s just that: a reader. It offers no direct editing capabilities. To merge PDF files on a Chromebook you’ll need to turn to a free app called ‘PDF Mergy’.

Using PDF Mergy in Chrome

Given the name you won’t be surprised to learn that PDF Mergy is single-task orientated. It doesn’t do anything other than combine multiple PDFs files into one document.

Using it couldn’t be easier. You simple need to drag and drop the documents you want merged into the app, rearrange them as required, then hit the merge button. The app even includes Google Drive integration that exports the resulting file straight into your cloud storage.

There appears to be no file upload limit, or any restrictions on the number of files you can merge at once. No account is required and it’s free to use.

Privacy Notes

As it is a web-based application there are some privacy concerns to be aware of. To combine files all your PDFs will be uploaded to a remote server, processed, and then made available for download. The author of the app says that files are only stored during merging and are deleted permanently afterwards.

Even so, if you plan on merging documents containing sensitive information you may wish to opt for an alternative local solution.

PDF Mergy on Chrome Web Store

  • Sean Lumly

    I really like these posts. They highlight useful apps that are great for doing work on Chromebooks. Keep them coming!

  • Manuel .
    • Peter Vogel

      Actually this one does support true drag-drop and page delete but it does not appear to force oversize pages down to a common scale (which you can do in Preview.app on Macs, and which I was hoping not to have to use for my particular need).

  • Peter Vogel

    Actually there is no true drag-drop functionality here. I had expected to be able to drag-drop pages for rearranging but that is not possible it seems. For instance, if I open a ten page pdf and then a two page pdf, although I can combine these I cannot add that two page file into say the middle of the ten page document.

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Ah, yes. What I meant by ‘drag and drop’ rearranging was that you can arrange each of the pdf files (as a whole).

  • Erwin Vice

    you can also use PDFzorro: Appname: “merge PDFs with PDFzorro”

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/merge-pdfs-with-pdfzorro/ifggolpobhnkleakhjgojgnmcbldcibe

  • Erwin Vice

    there you can choose multiple files directly in google drive interface and merge…

  • Paul

    What also works is using websites that can do this for you. an example is https://www.pdfen.net. Seems to work fairly well for me