Dustin Wheeler

Dustin Wheeler
Dustin is a technology-driven CPA in Orem, Utah.

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Reversing the page order in Adobe Acrobat

A coworker stopped by my office seeking a solution to a dilemma.  She had received a large PDF document in reverse order (page 1 of the document was page 100 of the PDF, page 2 was page 99, and so on).  Since backwards workpapers are the type of thing that can drive an accountant to the brink of insanity, there was a lot at stake here.

We brainstormed a few possible ways to reverse the page order.  In the past, I had just used the pages navigation panel to rearrange the page order for small PDF files of five pages or less.  However, for a long document of about 100 pages, this idea didn’t seem practical.  We also could have printed off the entire document and resorted the pages by hand, but that didn’t sound like fun.

Naturally, I turned to Google.  I searched for “reverse page order in Adobe Acrobat” and ended up in this Adobe forum.  The sixth post in this forum provides Javascript code, which I saved to my Acrobat Javascript Folder.  After that, a new item called “reverse” appeared under the document menu (see screenshot below).

Within a few seconds, the script put the pages in the right order, and I literally saved one accountant’s world from turning upside-down.

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