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?
Using Adobe Acrobat 10.1.4, Mac OSX 10.7.4
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!
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).
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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