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Sept 26 2023

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You've got a PDF file, chock-full of essential information, images, and a few graphs for good measure. But there's just one problem – it's a huge file! 

Uploading it, sending it, or even just opening it feels like a mini-marathon for your device. Sound familiar? We've all been there. We know.

But don’t worry! We're going to take a look at how you can start reducing those bloated file sizes by simply compressing your PDFs. 

Our PDF compression tool and capabilities can help you shed those extra bytes and streamline your files without sacrificing any of your content’s quality.

So if you're looking to make your PDFs smaller, faster, and easier to work with, we're about to show you how.

How to compress a PDF online

Ready to make your PDFs leaner, meaner, and lightning-fast? Xodo makes the process simple with just a few clicks. Here’s how:

1. Open your file in Xodo’s free online Compress PDF tool.

2. Select your compression level: Low (Larger file size) or High (Smaller file size).

A PDF uploaded to Xodo’s PDF Compression tool 

3. Click on Compress.

4. Download the newly compressed PDF to your device, Google Drive, or Xodo Drive.

Depending on the level you choose and the size of your PDF, the difference in size can vary. For instance, a travel guide of 148 pages full of high-quality images and text was originally 99,771 KB in size produced these results using both Low and High compression levels:

  • Low compression: 96,517 KB
  • High Compression: 18,149 KB
PDF compression comparison results from Xodo

The differences in file sizes can be significant and improve how you work with your PDF post-compression!

Tailor how you work while compressing your PDFs

One of the perks of using Xodo to work with your PDFs is that the platform is more than just a compression tool. You’ll find that it’s your own space and place to safely edit PDF files and effectively interact with your documents.

Customize Xodo’s user interface

The user interface offers a few handy ways to customize the way you work while on the platform. You can:

  • Customize the PDF list view: Whether you prefer scanning files in a neat list or getting a quick visual overview with larger thumbnails, Xodo can accommodate both. Quickly switch between these views by clicking on the list-grid icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the conversion interface.
  • Rearrange the order of your PDFs: Take control of the order in which your files are compressed by simply clicking and dragging the PDFs' handles to reorder them as you see fit.
  • Verify your files: If you’re unsure about the content of the pages within your PDFs before compressing them, you can easily preview to double check them by clicking on the eye icon to review the PDFs you have uploaded.
  • Remove unwanted files: If you accidentally uploaded the wrong file, just click on the garbage icon to swiftly remove it from the queue.
  • Add more files: If you upgrade to Xodo Pro, you can upload multiple files to your queue, which makes it perfect for tackling all the large PDFs you need to compress. Simply click on "Add more files" to get your files uploaded and set up.
Xodo’s user interface options

Download your compressed files and access them anywhere

One of the major downsides to working online is difficulty switching from one device to another. Well, this is where Xodo bridges that gap.

You get the option of saving to not only your device, but cloud services like Google Drive and even Xodo Drive as a Xodo Pro user. You no longer have to worry about how to access the PDF you just compressed. 

Streamline your digital documents no matter how large the PDF file

If you're a student wrestling with upload limits or a professional juggling dozens of files, Xodo PDF Compressor can help in a pinch. It's essential for any digital PDF toolbox to help save you the hard drives space and your precious time.

Start maximizing your efficiency and streamline any PDF workflow with Xodo. We have more than 30 other PDF tools that can help you work with those compressed files without ever leaving the platform.

So go ahead - discover how Xodo can make your PDF life simpler, and your digital journey a whole lot smoother. 

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Reena Cruz

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