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Quicker Loading Time for PDFs

How to get PDFs to Load Quicker on Papercurve

Uploading documents of a larger size may take extra time to load on the platform. Although we are constantly working on improvements, one useful tip to help speed up the process is to: Reduce the size of the PDF.


How to Find the Size of your PDF:

To find out the size of your PDF, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and then navigate to File -> Properties. A window will appear with all of the relevant document information including the file size.

If the file is large, there is no doubt that it will take longer to load!

Reducing the file size of a PDF with Adobe Acrobat

1. To reduce the size of the PDF on Adobe Acrobat, open your PDF and navigate to File -> Save As Other -> Reduced Size PDF.

2. A window will appear asking for version compatibility. Choose the version you would like for the PDF to be compatible with and click "Ok" to save your PDF.

Note: Please keep in mind that this may also decrease the quality of images.

PDF optimizer on Adobe Acrobat

To have control over what elements in your document are reduced in size, you can use Adobe Acrobat’s PDF optimizer tool. With this tool, you can view which elements are taking up the most space on your PDF and you can choose what to reduce in space/quality.

1. To use the PDF optimizer, after opening your document in Acrobat, navigate to File -> Save as Other -> Optimized PDF.


2. In the window that appears, click on "Audit Space Usage" where you will be able to see the percentage of space each element is taking up in the document.

3. To choose which elements to reduce in size, click on the checkmarks near the desired elements on the left-hand side of the page.

For instance, the images were taking up a lot of space in this file, so a good idea would be to reduce the size of the images.

Reducing the File Size in Microsoft Word

When saving a PDF on word, you can reduce the size as well.

1. To do this, you must navigate over to File -> Reduce File Size.


2.  You will have the option to change the picture quality of your document which will then reduce the file size.

Note: If you are using Windows you must save your word document as a PDF then in the dialog box click on Optimize -> Minimum size.

If you need further assistance, please submit a Ticket or contact your Customer Success Specialist directly