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Cannot delete individual pages in Adobe Acrobat X PDF

Oct 2, 2012 4:53 PM

Tags: #acrobat #x #adobe #mac #osx #lion_10.7.4 #10.7.4 #10.1.4

So annoying.  When I try to delete individual pages it gives me the error message "one or more pages are in use and cannot be deleted".  I have tried closing the thumbnail page preview pane, selecting the pages and hitting backspace (delete), highlighting and choosing the 'delete page' icon at the top of the toolbar....nothing.  I have seen a lot of threads about this issue that are dated 2011 with no solutions.  Has anyone out there found the solution?

 

Much appreciated.

 

Using Adobe Acrobat 10.1.4, Mac OSX 10.7.4

 
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    Oct 2, 2012 6:58 PM   in reply to lmspence

    Ask in the Acrobat forum.

     
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    Oct 2, 2012 7:16 PM   in reply to lmspence
     
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    Oct 2, 2012 7:17 PM   in reply to lmspence

    Is this on one PDF file or all pdf files?

     
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    Oct 26, 2012 1:02 AM   in reply to lmspence

    I'm having the same problem, it's EXTREMELY frustrating, and has been apparently going on for well over a year without a fix from Adobe.  Please, tell me there's a fix.  THe workarounds are killing me and wasting tons of time!

     

    Thanks,

    Jim

     
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    Oct 26, 2012 7:14 AM   in reply to marinjim11

    It would be helpful if one of you would answer Michael's question about happening on all PDFs or just some. It may be a PDF issue, not Acrobat and at this point we have no idea. Also, info on the OS and Acrobat version is useful (included with the original post).

     
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    Oct 26, 2012 10:15 AM   in reply to Bill@VT

    Thanks for your post.  The original poster (Imspence) did supply both pieces of information for his situation, and the exact same is true for me:  We are both using Adobe Acrobat 10.1.4, and it happens on all PDFs, although not every time. 

     

    Any help would be appreciated.

     

    THanks.

     
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    Nov 5, 2012 7:48 AM   in reply to marinjim11

    After raging about this myself for awhile, I found  Help Menu - Repair Acrobat Installation. It requires a restart. And, it seemed to work. So far, two files, which wouldn't delete a page no matter how I much of a bribe I tried to offer, delete pages as if nothing was ever wrong. If that changes, I'll repost, but for now...

     

    (Win7 64-bit, Acrobat 10.1.4 Pro)

     
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    Dec 11, 2012 10:25 AM   in reply to lmspence

    I give up on Acrobat X. I do everything in Acrobat 9! The sad thing is that they haven't fix AX, and now they want me to pay for an Acrobat 11! What a joke.

     
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    Jan 14, 2013 1:55 PM   in reply to lmspence

    I've found that if I save and close the file and then reopen it, I am able to delete the pages. So far that has worked every time but I don't know why. Maybe the program just isn't able to "let go" of the file for a major thing like deleting a page until it's been closed and reopened.

     
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    Jan 14, 2013 1:58 PM   in reply to stephiesmith

    Sometimes that works. Other times I have to close the program. I decided to edit pages in Acrobat 9x to save me the headaches. We really shoulded worry though... there's a new "perfected" Acrobat 11 available! (wink wink. nudge nudge. know what I mean)

     
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:07 PM   in reply to Armadillo77

    Well, it's been two months since I've posted my repair attempt and I have to say I haven't had any more problems at all with this issue. Still with Acrobat X too.

     
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:21 PM   in reply to Armadillo77

    Yes, I think I closed the program each time too. I think I always close the program when I close a pdf document. And I didn't get Acrobat 11 and don't intend to. I had both X and 9 but when I was moved to a new machine, they didn't install 9, unfortunately.

     
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:16 AM   in reply to stephiesmith

    If you actually want to fix this problem in Acrobat X:

     

    1. Go to the Help Menu

    2. Select Repair Installation

    3. Follow the instructions

    4. Get on with your life

     

    If all you really want to do is keep complaining with each other (Armadillo77 & stephiesmith), get a room.

     
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:53 AM   in reply to ijustwanttopost

    That works on Acrobat 9x. I can't see it where to find it on Acrobat X.

     
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:02 AM   in reply to ijustwanttopost

    I did this a long time ago and it didn't work for me. Think about it. If everyone could take care of this problem by following this fix, the problem wouldn't be ongoing for all this time.

     
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:54 AM   in reply to lmspence

    I found that I cannot delete individual pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro X while Adobe Bridge is on. Try turning it off. (I am running Windows XP, 32 bit).

     
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    Apr 10, 2013 6:06 AM   in reply to lmspence

    Hi,

     

    I just figured this out myself. You have to go to the View tab on the toolbar then scroll down to the navigation panels then click pages and all the pages in the document should pop up and just click on the page you want to delete and there should be a little trash can icon in the top right corner... click on that and it's gone

     
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    Apr 10, 2013 7:40 AM   in reply to eholmes07

    You should be able to delete pages almost anywhere in this program (select a thumbnail and hit delete/trash can, CMD+SHT+D, etc.), not just the the way you've described. To remedy this problem I reopen the document in A9, and delete the page(s) as usual the way it should always work. What we are describing in this thread is the inability to do in Acrobat X what we've been able to do in all versions leading up to this version. It is a bug/problem with AX that has gone un addressed by Adobe. Instead of fixing AX, we are urged to drop $$$ on Adobe 11. Not sure if thie bug is still happening in the new version, though.

     
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    Apr 29, 2013 10:21 AM   in reply to ijustwanttopost

    This doesn't work. so there.

     
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    Apr 30, 2013 5:56 AM   in reply to ijustwanttopost

    You're absolutely right "ijust". Why should I expect, after constant $ to upgrade, a program that works. We should like what they give us and just shut up. Never mind getting what we actually paid for. We just shouldn't mind a few steps backward every once in a while. It'll make us tough like you seem to be.

     
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    Jul 7, 2013 11:23 PM   in reply to lmspence

    Ran into this again tonight. Did anyone ever come up with a solution? On my Mac I'm not seeing the "Repair Acrobat Installation" in the Help menu as described. I had to quit the program and then re-open the doc to delete a page. Really annoying.

     
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    Dec 2, 2013 7:25 PM   in reply to lmspence

    If there are internal links in the document (contents, index or other shortcuts) it won't let you delete any pages. You'll need to remove all links (even the ones that occur before the page you want to delete), save the document, reopen then try deleting the page(s). Not sure if there's a way to automatically remove all internal links but you can reveal them and individually remove in Tools > Content > Link

     
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    Dec 3, 2013 1:37 AM   in reply to BWJ-1

    Not true. The presence of links has nothing to do with the ability to delete pages.

     
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    Feb 7, 2014 5:31 PM   in reply to ijustwanttopost

    What you said,

     

    If you actually want to fix this problem in Acrobat X:

     

    1. Go to the Help Menu

    2. Select Repair Installation

    3. Follow the instructions

    4. Get on with your life

     

    was perfectly right. Thanks!

     
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