Crop Pages

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The Crop Pages action adjusts dimensions, white margins and page boxes in input documents. It contains the following customizable parameters:



Figure 1. Crop Pages Action Options        


Click All Options to view/edit all options. The Crop Pages dialog box will open, as detailed below.

Select the Show setup dialog while running box to launch the Crop Pages dialog box and customize settings each time this action is used. Clear this box to disable the Crop Pages dialog box from opening each time the action is used, which is useful when the same settings are used consistently.

Figure 2. Crop Pages Dialog Box


PDF documents define five boundaries that control the imaging process: the Crop Box, Bleed Box, Trim Box, Art Box and Media Box. PDF-Tools uses these boxes to determine areas when the Crop Pages feature is used. Use the Apply to Box dropdown menu, detailed below, to display the editing boxes in the preview pane, then click and drag boxes and/or use the number boxes to adjust their dimensions. Further information about editing boxes is available here. The following options are available in the Crop Pages dialog box:


Click Show All Boxes to view the Crop Box, Bleed Box, Trim Box and Art Box in the preview pane. (Please note that the Bleed Box, Trim Box and Art Box use the same dimensions as the Crop Box by default.

Use the Crop Method dropdown menu to determine the crop method used:

Manual Margin Control enables the user to determine the cropping margins. Click the text of menu entries in the Apply to Box dropdown menu to view them in the preview pane. Click and drag boxes in the preview pane, or use the number boxes, to adjust their dimensions. Select the check boxes of menu entries in the Apply to Box dropdown menu to include them in the Crop Pages operation.

Remove All White Space is a predefined mode that removes all white space from documents.

Remove Horizontal White Space/Remove Vertical White Space are predefined modes that remove horizontal/vertical white space as required.

Select the Constrain Proportions box to maintain the ratio of margins. For example if the margin in the Left box is changed to 5mm then the margins in the Right, Top and Bottom boxes will also be changed to 5mm.

Use Set to Zero, Revert to Original and Set To White Margins to apply these functions to boxes selected in the Apply to Box dropdown menu.

Select the Remove the content outside of the crop box area box to remove content outside of the Crop box. Please note that cropping pages reduces the visible page content, but the cropped content is still present in the file's underlying code and, for example, will be visible if the document pages are increased in size. Select this option to remove cropped content from the file.

Use the Page Range settings to determine the page range of cropped pages:

Select All to crop all pages.

Select Custom to crop a custom page range. Further information on how to specify page ranges is available here.

Use the Subset option to select All Pages, Odd Pages or Even Pages as desired.


Click OK to save changes.