Students FAQ

How can I compress a PDF file?

Before uploading a PDF file on AulaWeb (when delivering homework, documents, thesis etc.), we recommend you reduce its size. To do so, you can use Word while creating the PDF file:

  •  Please click on File > Save and Send > Create PDF/XPS document (Word 2007) or on File > Export > Create PDF/XPS document (Word 2010/2016);
  • On Optimize to please select Smallest size (online publication);
  •  Then click on Publish.

To reduce the size of a PDF file which has already been created, we recommend you use PDFCreator (free released with GPL license). Please follow the instructions below:

  • download and install PDFCreator (we recommend you unselect the trial version of the additional software PDFArchitect while installing);
  •  launch the program, drag the PDF file and drop it on the box;
  • click OK when the message You need to set PDFCreator as preset printer appears;
  •  select High compression on Profile;
  • change the name (if you want to have the original version of the file);
  • click on Save;
  • the preset printer will be reactivated by the system at the end of the process.

PDFCreator can be also used to create compressed PDF files from the Word document, by using the same procedure.