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2 Ways to Crop a PDF on Windows PC
2 Ways to Crop a PDF on Windows PC

2 Ways to Crop a PDF on Windows PC

by Alexa Davis
Mar 16, 2024

You might need a PDF cropper, for example, to make a bank check look more presentable and readable. Or to remove unnecessary fields and headings with watermarks and labels.

In this article, we will explain how to crop a PDF on Windows 11 or 10 in both online and offline ways.

The offline method is more stable because it does not depend on an Internet connection. The online method is simpler because it can be opened and used very quickly. Choose what suits you best.

How to crop a PDF on Windows: Offline way

Let's start with a method to crop PDF documents that will work for Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7. You will need to download PDF Candy Desktop for Windows and install it. Below you will find step-by-step instructions.

  1. Open the "Crop PDF" tool in the installed program.
  2. Upload a file from your computer. Alternatively, you can drag the PDF over the tool's icon in the software's window.
  3. Use the dotted lines on the edges of the page to crop your PDF.
  4. Click the "Crop" button to create a new file.

How to crop PDF on Windows offline

Advantages of using desktop software to crop PDF files on Windows 10:

  • You can use this free program even without the Internet.
  • No worries that the page might reload and you'll have to start all over again.
  • A great option for working with private files. All input and output data remain only on your computer.
  • Users can set a destination folder for created files.

How to crop a PDF on Windows 11 and 10: Online way

PDF Candy is an online platform offering various tools to work on your documents. It includes a feature that allows you to remove specific areas from a PDF document.

  1. Open the browser on your computer and head over to the Crop PDF tool.
  2. This will open the main working window, where you need to upload a PDF file. To do this, click the "+ Add File" button and use File Explorer to select the document you want to crop. The drag-and-drop mechanism is supported, too.
  3. After uploading, the first page of the document will appear. Set the new frames or boundaries for all the following pages in the file. This is done with the help of a dotted line, which can be stretched and squeezed with the mouse.
    • Click on the corner or any side of the selected area and move the lines across the working window. This way you set the area you want to keep in the document, the rest will be cropped by the program.
  4. After making all the settings, press "Crop PDF". The system will start to process the data and then will display a message saying that the procedure was successfully completed.
  5. If you want to save the modified PDF to your PC, click "Download file" and select a folder to save it.

Crop PDF online

Additional features of the online PDF cropper:

You can take advantage of the opportunity to use Google Drive or Dropbox cloud storage to upload and export the desired file. This will save the disk space of your PC, which is relevant, e.g., for laptops with a small hard drive.

This tool can crop all PDF pages at once. If there is more than one page in the file, others will be cropped the same way as the first one. It is very convenient if you wish to remove something on all pages at once. Thus, the user does not have to first split PDF into separate sheets and then process them one by one.

Before saving the resulting document to their PC, the user can use the online PDF editor to make the document more accurate.

Advantages of cropping PDF files online:

  • Crop PDF online even on weak PCs with low performance. It requires only a stable Internet connection to work, which allows you to use the online service anywhere and anytime.
  • The simple and intuitive interface will be clear to a novice user. Those who don't have to waste their valuable working time studying the settings and functionality of the platform.
  • Integration with cloud storage platforms allows you to store and use your files online. It also saves hard drive space, which is important for weak laptops.
  • The platform allows unregistered users to crop PDFs for free. In addition, the paid version will not ruin their budget too much and will allow you to work with any number of files.
  • Accurate processing and system reliability allow you to obtain high-quality documents for further use.
  • Plus, it works on mobile devices, too.


Is cropping PDF reversible?

No, cropping is a permanent change. Make a backup beforehand if you want to preserve the original document.

Does cropping affect the file size?

Yes, cropping can reduce file size by removing unnecessary content.

What elements and data can I crop in a PDF?

You can crop text, images, or any other content within the PDF boundaries.

Can I crop a password-protected PDF?

You can either remove password protection before cropping or enter it during the process.

Can I preview the result to ensure I'm satisfied with the cropping before saving?

Yes, you can see how the cropped PDF will look before making the changes permanent.

Can I crop a PDF without altering the aspect ratio of the pages?

Yes, the tool will maintain the aspect ratio during cropping for consistent page proportions.

Is cropping the same as resizing a PDF?

No, it removes content, while resizing adjusts the dimensions of the entire page.


Now you know how to crop a PDF on Windows in 2 convenient and reliable ways.

Use offline PDF cropper for regular tasks. To crop a PDF online, all you have to do is open the website, select the right tool, and get the resulting file.

You can also use other tools to create a high-quality PDF file that you can send to your manager, colleague, or teacher.

Make sure to compress the PDF file if it turns out to be way too large. Or add a watermark to PDF to protect your intellectual property.

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