[Athen] Unable to extract a PDF

Sorensen, Neal B neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu
Wed Jan 15 11:37:26 PST 2020

I rarely use the Extract feature for dividing PDFs. One of my favorite ways to divide a PDF is to use Organize Pages instead of extracting. If you have bookmarks set for each chapter and section, you can use Organize Pages "Split" feature to split it up using the top-level bookmarks. It should work fine with roman numeral page numbers too.


1. Set your bookmarks
2. Go to Organize Pages
3. For "Split By" select Top Level Bookmarks
4. Go to Output options and choose "Use bookmark names for file names" so you don't have to rename all the files later.
5. Click Split, and Acrobat will save your files into the directory the original file is in.

If you happen to get a PDF that is locked by the publisher, which does not allow you to split, use the SmallPDF PDF unlock tool<https://smallpdf.com/unlock-pdf>. It'll remove security locks and let you do whatever you want with the PDF (Thanks Susan Kelmer for showing me that!).

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Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:09 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Unable to extract a PDF

Hi wise ones,

I received a PDF for "New Perspectives Microsoft office 365 and excel 2019" and the PDF is set up in sections where the page numbers begin with a letter (EX 1-1, EX 1-2, etc), my Adobe Acrobat DC Pro will not extract because of the letters that begin the pages instead of numbers. Is there a work around for this?

Thanks - as always.


Bryon Kluesner RhD, ATACP
Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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