Standard Size of PDF Files
PDF files usually come compressed using their internal compression algorithm, so that most PDF files have a small size. However, some PDF files also have very high sizes, especially if they were initially made at high resolution. In addition, some PDF files have large images embedded into them, or carry a lot of metadata, and this also increases the size of these PDF files. Since storage of large PDF files, as well as sending them by emails, is cumbersome and wastes space, some techniques have been developed to minimize the size of PDF files.
How to Minimize Size of PDF Files
The first point you should remember if you want to minimize the size of PDF file that you are creating is to reduce the file sizes of the images that you want to embed. Various free and paid software tools are available to reduce the sizes of images, as well as optimize their resolution for screen output, and you may want to try out one of these tools. Secondly, do not print your word document directly into a PDF, but use the Acrobat writer software to convert the word file into a PDF format. Adobe uses better compression techniques than the Office suite, and hence minimizes the size of PDF to a greater extent.
Options to Minimize Size of PDF
When you are saving any type of supported file into PDF, the Acrobat converter gives you three versions. You can keep the original resolution of all images and keep all metadata, which results in large file size. Or you can optimize the PDF file for screen viewing, which reduces image resolution and hence reduces the file size to some extent. But if you want to minimize size of the PDF file that you are creating, choose to minimize the file size, which uses Acrobat's inbuilt compression algorithm to drastically reduce file size.