How To Print a Selected Portion of a PDF File

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If you've ever wanted to print just a portion of a PDF file from Adobe Reader, this is how you can do it. It also allows you to enlarge the selected area to fill the entire page, if desired. This is a trick that has come in handy many times for me, and I hope it will for you, too. This is known to work in Adobe Reader 6.0 and higher, although it may work in older versions as well.

This technique is a bit different in the current version of Acrobat Pro and Acrobat 9. Instructions are below:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1 minute

Here's How:

  1. Make sure the basic toolbar is visible by right clicking on a blank area of the toolbar, and placing a check mark next to Basic if it is not already enabled.
  2. Find the "Snapshot Tool" on the Basic toolbar and select it.
  3. Drag a box around the area you want to print. A message will alert you that the selection has been copied to the clipboard. Click OK and you will see a dashed line around the area you just selected.
  4. Click Print.
  5. In the print dialog, set the print rage to "Selected graphic."
  6. If you want to print the selection at its intended size, set Page Scaling to "None."
  7. If you want the selection to fill the paper, set the page scaling to "Fit to paper." You may need to check the "Auto-Rotate and Center" check box to maximize paper usage.
  8. When you are satisfied with the preview, click OK to print the document.

 

Acrobat 9, Acrobat Pro and  Acrobat Reader

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1 minute

Here's How:

  1. If you are using Acrobat Pro DC, select Edit>Take A Snapshot. If you are using Acrobat 9 select Tool>Select & Zoom> Snapshot Tool.
  2. Drag a box around the area you want to print. A message will alert you that the selection has been copied to the clipboard. Click OK .
  3. Click the Print icon in the toolbar or  select File>Print.
  1. In the print dialog, set the print rage to "Selected graphic."
  2. If you want to print the selection at its intended size, set Page Scaling to "None."
  3. If you want the selection to fill the paper, set the page scaling to "Fit to paper." You may need to check the "Auto-Rotate and Center" check box to maximize paper usage.
  4. When you are satisfied with the preview, click OK to print the document.

 

Updated by Tom Green