How to Merge Multiple Files into a Single PDF with PDF Mergy
As an avid Google for Education user, most of my students' formal writing is drafted in Google Docs and submitted via Google Classroom. Recently, however, I needed paper copies of a particular assignment for an in-class activity we were doing. After a bit of googling, I came across PDF Mergy. PDF Mergy is a Chrome extension that merges multiple files into a single PDF. This allows you to combine or print a batch of student work without having to open each individual file.
How PDF Mergy Works
1. Download the PDF Mergy extension from the Chrome Web Store.
2: Launch PDF Mergy.
The PDF Mergy icon should now appear in your Chrome toolbar. Click this icon to launch PDF Mergy in your web browser.
The Chrome toolbar is home to all your Google Chrome extensions. As you can see, I have quite a few of these magical little gems. You can read more about some of my favorite Chrome extensions here: 5 Must-Use Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers, 5 (More) Must-Use Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers, and 10 Google Chrome Extensions Every Student Needs.
You can disable or manage extensions anytime by right-mouse clicking on the extension icon, or by accessing your Chrome settings from the three little dots to the right of your Chrome extensions.
3: Select files to merge from your computer or Google Drive.
If you’re using Google Classroom, you’ll have a separate Drive folder for all your current and archived classes called “Classroom.” Each class and assignment have a separate subfolder. This makes it easy to grab an entire Google Classroom assignment at a time.
Pro tip: To highlight all files within a folder at once, click the first file, hold down the shift key, then scroll down & click the last file.
4. Merge files
Click the blue "Merge" button to begin merging your files. This may take a minute, depending on file size and number.
5. Save PDF
After your files are merged, you can save the PDF directly to your computer or Google Drive.
And that's all there is to it!
In addition to printing files for in-class activities (such as peer reviews), I could see PDF Mergy used to create class booklets (print or digital) of student writing or slides.