Extract Pages - WITHOUT thumbnail view!
Trying to select which pages to extract by clicking on thumbnails is next to impossible. Whoever thought of this system has never tried to extract multiple non-consecutive pages from a large document - they all look the same when shrunk to 1 inch tall. Can we just extract by highlighting bookmarks?
Please let us know if information shared by Leonard helped in resolving your concern.
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Chase S commented
My issue is the "Organize Page" view as a whole. I don't want to have to leave document view to be able to extract pages. It's a waste of time. Luckily I have found at least a partial workaround by using the page thumbnails navigation pane, but still the decrease in functionality to "dumb down" the product is why I am exploring other options for working with pdf files.
ms. TechWriter commented
I don't know if you still need help with this, but here's the answer you've been looking for, maybe. First, right click on your quick tool bar (the one at the top of the application, just below the file tabs) click on the "Customize Quick Tools" option. Go to the "Organize Page" option and click the dropdown arrow. Find & click on the "Extract Page" feature then click on the +upArrow to the right. Then save. This will put an 'Extract Page' button on your Quick Tools.
then when you're ready to extract some pages, click the button. Your pages will display. They're larger than thumbnails so you see the pages easier. Then you can click on one or many pages easily.
If you need to extract many pages in a row, click on the first page, hold down your shift button and click on the last page, then click the 'extract pages' button in the sub (organize) toolbar.
If you have pages to extract that aren't adjacent hold down the control key and click the pages you want to extract, then click the 'extract pages' button in the sub (organize) toolbar.
Chase S commented
Agree with OP. No, Leonard's response did not help. There used to be an "extract pages" button that would allow you to select current page or key in a specific page number or choose a range. This was in a drop down menu and worked perfectly fine. The organize pages screen/window is completely useless and inefficient. You could drag/drop pages to reorganize them from the page view toolbar in prior versions, which worked well. This "improved" method takes so much more time.
ANONYMOUS'S ANSWER APPEARS TO BE A GOOD ONE
Keying in the page numbers as Leonard suggested is the solution here. However, Acrobat does not honor the TAB key after you key in the page numbers. I keyed in "1-3" and then hit the TAB key, and the software erased what I had typed. This made me think that Acrobat would not accept a numeric page range. This is just bad UI. Hitting TAB after entering this kind of data is standard behavior in Windows applications. (If you press the ENTER key after specifying your pages, the software will work as expected.)
Only partially helpful. You still have to go to Organize Pages, type the number, click extract, then type the number AGAIN, then click Extract AGAIN. I used to use Alt+D+X in version 8 thru X, type the pages/range, then extract and done. So much more obnoxious with the current method.
Leonard Rosenthol commented
If you know which page numbers you want to extract, you can just type the page numbers as individuals, ranges or a combination (eg. "1-5, 7, 9-10") into the page number edit field at the top of the Organize Pages dialog.
No. Bookmarks are NOT the same as pages. A bookmark can point to a page, or it can do something completely different, or nothing. You can split the file based on the top level bookmarks, though. See the Split Document tool.
Alternatively, a script can be used to extract non-consecutive pages based on their numbers. For example, this tool I've developed allows you to enter multiple page ranges, and then it extracts them as a new file: http://try67.blogspot.com/2011/04/acrobat-extract-non-sequential-pages.html