Why and how to compress PDFs

Posted on August 16, 2022


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Overview

Portable document format (PDF) files are commonly used by governments to upload meeting agendas, minutes and other official public documents. Reducing PDF sizes makes it easier for the public to access these types of files.

Problem

Government PDFs can be large in file size. This makes it difficult to download and access them, especially for people on slower internet connections.

Solution

Before uploading a PDF for public access, use a compression tool to optimize the file. This will significantly reduce file size and make it easier for the public to access this information.

How to compress PDF files

  1. Visit the Adobe PDF compression tool (note: you will need to create a free Adobe account).
  2. Follow the instructions to upload and compress your PDF.
  3. Download the compressed PDF.

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