Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat Pro vs. Adobe Reader/MacOS

You will need Adobe Acrobat Pro if:

  • you are merging PDFs on a Windows computer
  • you are creating fillable PDFs
  • using security settings such as encrypting PDFs

You can use Adobe Reader or MacOS Preview:

  • to fill PDFs
  • to view PDFs
  • MacOS Preview can merge PDFs


  1. Open the PDF file from the File menu
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Click on Text Recognition
  4. Click in this file, or in multiple files to do more than one PDF at a time.