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How to Reverse the Order of Adobe Acrobat PDF Pages

Posted by David  •  Jan 15th, 2010 5:26:06 am - Subscribe | Mood: good | Music: Candee Jay - Back For Me

This entry explains how to reverse the order of Adobe Arcrobat PDF Pages. The process is not to hard, just kind of tricky to find.

How to Reverse the Order of Adobe Acrobat PDF Pages

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat
  2. Go to File
  3. Find the PDF File in which you would like to reverse the pages
  4. Now press CTRL+P or Apple+P to open a print dialog box
  5. Check mark reverse pages (This will be under the print range section)
  6. Now select the drop down menu under Printer
  7. Adobe PDF
  8. Hit the Ok button
  9. Now save the document

Your pages will now be reversed for you from 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

I hope this helps, if you know a quicker way leave a comment.

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anonymous Says:
March 28th, 2010

very smart method...thanks a lot

anonymous Says:
April 05th, 2010

Personally I set my defaults on my printer to print in reverse order. This way *all* my multi-page documents print in reverse order. When I collect the completed print outs, the last page is at the bottom of the pile and the first page is at the top.

How to do this will change for each printer, but in M$ Windows essentially if you go to <Control Panel> <Printers and Faxes> [Rick click your Printer] <Properties> <Printing Preferences>. From here you need to find the option to print in reverse order. Of the different printer drivers installed on my PC one says 'Reverse order' (Epson), another says 'Print last page first' (Lexmark), so your specific wording may vary.

Once you have set things as you wish, click the <OK> button and the settings will be applied for all printing jobs on any program as a default.

This may not be the speediest method for one printout, but once applied, it will affect all your printouts and make things easier in the long run.

Whilst the above guidelines are for M$ Windows, I would assume that a similar methods applies to all operating systems.

anonymous Says:
September 22nd, 2010

woahh..that was so cool idea...great...thanks!!!

anonymous Says:
November 09th, 2010

In case Acrobat Pro is used better way is to use JScipt:

anonymous Says:
December 05th, 2010

thank you! that was really useful. i was about to reverse it manually..

anonymous Says:
March 03rd, 2011

Best things after sliced bread! Very smart. Never got anythings better from the web.

anonymous Says:
March 13th, 2011

Great! Thanks!

anonymous Says:
April 22nd, 2011

Thanks you saved me alot of time

anonymous Says:
August 05th, 2011

not working in cs5

anonymous Says:
September 29th, 2011

Hmm. Did not work for me. Sounded so simple too. Wont let me save the document after changing in print dialog box.

anonymous Says:
October 12th, 2011


anonymous Says:
October 21st, 2011

wonderful operate, with thanks

anonymous Says:
October 21st, 2011

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anonymous Says:
April 26th, 2012

Perfect, Thanks a lot

anonymous Says:
May 23rd, 2012

David Polanco ... many thanks! I'd been scratching my head over this one. For some reason my Acrobat 9 Standard has taken to converting Word docs into backwards PDFs (page s in reverse order). This fixes it. Very grateful :-) Andy

anonymous Says:
October 18th, 2012

There is no way to save from the print dialog box in Adobe X!

anonymous Says:
January 25th, 2013

Thanks. It is printing in PDF and will flatten all the markups. Easier way is to buy and use Bluebeam PDF editor. Intuitive, powerful, flexible, cheaper and personalized great service.

anonymous Says:
June 21st, 2013

I needed to insert 84 pictures in order inside the pdf. When I selected the files thy insert in reverse order. A simple fix was to delete all of them.
By opening pages on the side, I selected "INSERT PAGES" "FROM FILE."
I opened the appropriate folder.
Then I selected "DATE MODIFIED" and clicked it. That reversed the order in the selection and inserted them in the correct order. I imagine you can do that with NAME, too. Hope this helps.

anonymous Says:
September 04th, 2013

This only PRINTS in reverse order, the customer needs to see a Proof / sample with pages reversed in a saved PDF file. This will not save or save as, well back to reversing by hand. Anyone else got a trick?

anonymous Says:
April 30th, 2014

In Acrobat 9, you had to add a javascript to the 'Document' menu for the reverse page command. It works like a charm on documents big and small. You can use the same javacript from AA9 (with a slight modifiaction) for Adobe Acrobat 10 and higher.

I'm Using Acrobat X (10.1.9). The 'Document' menu no longer exists, so the JavaScript command has to be added to one that still does. I changed my js from Acrobat 9 as follows to place it in the 'File' menu:

cParent: "File"

This places the command directly under the 'Open...' command in the 'File' menu.

Here's the contents of the entire js file to add the Reverse Page Order command to the 'File' menu:

app.addMenuItem({ cName: "Reverse Page Order", cParent: "File", cExec: "PPReversePages();", cEnable: "event.rc = ( != null);", nPos: 0


function PPReversePages()


var t = app.thermometer;

t.duration = this.numPages;


for (i = this.numPages - 1; i >= 0; i--)


t.value = (i-this.numPages)*-1;


t.text = 'Moving page ' + (i + 1);



}// JavaScript Document

Put this code in a file named ReversePageOrder.js and save it to the Javascript file for Acrobat. On Windows 7 x64my file is in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Javascripts folder [not sure where on MAC, but it's javascript and will run on both platforms]. Restart AA and you'll see the command under 'Open...'.

anonymous Says:
June 02nd, 2014

Brilliant!! Thanks a lot for sharing your sollution!

anonymous Says:
June 27th, 2014

Brilliant. I didn't know it could be this easy!!! Thank you so much!


anonymous Says:
July 19th, 2014

thanks a lot sir this is very simple way

anonymous Says:
July 21st, 2014

awesome...saved lot of time...

anonymous Says:
September 04th, 2014

Many Thanks, Enormously Grateful!

anonymous Says:
September 26th, 2014

This was the best help to find a solution in saving my pdf document in reverse order. Thanks alot!

anonymous Says:
October 02nd, 2014

Brilliant! Thank you.

anonymous Says:
October 17th, 2014

Most Mac users have not had to install a PDF printer driver so this solution would not work for them. The pulldown box that permits you to create a PDF from within the Print dialog box will not pay attention to your "reverse pages" instruction when creating the PDF. It's necessary to install a PDF printer driver such as PDFwriter 1.2.1 for Mac OS X (download from SourceForge) in order to get a printer driver. Then the approach given here will work for you. Finally. I have tested it and it worked.


anonymous Says:
February 02nd, 2015

Quick and smart. Thanks!

anonymous Says:
March 09th, 2015

Many thanks that did help

anonymous Says:
March 18th, 2015

THANKS!! My first "program" ever and it worked flawlessly.

I have Adobe X Pro.

anonymous Says:
May 26th, 2015

Thank you! You are a really nice person grin.gif

anonymous Says:
September 16th, 2015

Thank you!

anonymous Says:
October 21st, 2015

Simpler way I have found(on the Mac) is to hit Insert files, multi select the files to insert in the "open" window (which are named 0-9), then change the alphabetical view sort order from the A-Z default view to Z-A by tapping the column header. Then import. Then everything imports in the A-Z order into acrobat.

anonymous Says:
December 24th, 2015

thanks bro

anonymous Says:
January 07th, 2016

Thank you so much, that was really helpful!!!

anonymous Says:
March 29th, 2016

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anonymous Says:
May 06th, 2016

Thank you! After reading this it seems so obvious, but I had to google this happy.gif

anonymous Says:
May 20th, 2016

@ anonymous April 30th, 2014 Wow! Thanks a lot for the modification to get it to work under Acrobat X! Really appreciated that one. Needed a lot of doc's to reverse!

anonymous Says:
November 15th, 2016

Thanks for the clever trick.

anonymous Says:
February 06th, 2017

yet how hard would it be for adobe to simply pvide some sorting tools?
how about merging 2 pdfs that were scanned of odd and even pages??

cmon. this is 2017 - acrobat has been around.. how long?

anonymous Says:
February 20th, 2017

Excellent. It worked and thanks a lot

anonymous Says:
April 12th, 2017

Just installed this in Acrobat X - excellent!

I have some 100+ page document scans that need splitting and re-ordering and I've been doing the reordering manually - but no more!

anonymous Says:
May 06th, 2017

Thanks a lott....

anonymous Says:
June 21st, 2017

use website. it is remarkable and free to use

anonymous Says:
July 16th, 2017

Thanks a lot! You are a genius!

anonymous Says:
July 17th, 2017

thank you soo much sir

anonymous Says:
September 06th, 2017

I don't see the drop down menu for the Printer.

anonymous Says:
September 19th, 2017

my drop down menu under the printer doesn't have the save as PDF option. This method doesn't work for me. I have used both Acrobat XI & Pro DC. Thanks.

anonymous Says:
October 18th, 2017

THank you very much.!!! very helpful !!
Thanks for sharing

anonymous Says:
December 07th, 2017

This was perfect! Thank you so much!!!

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