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Converting multiple Word files to PDFs

Jun 27, 2013 6:08 AM

Tags: #pro #create_pdf #createpdf #acrobat_xi_pro

Dear All,


Same problem as in :

Batch conversion of word files to PDF with the action wizard requires manual "OK" for both saving and the selection of the respective directory.


I am on Acrobat XI V11.0.3 (german version) and have not found any options to switch off the need to confirm each Document manually. All the options available in the "save" command part refer to the name of the file and the output format.

Not a nice feature with 1000+ docs to convert in a file structure...


Updating did not help. Company PC, cant just do the un/re-install-thing, unless all else fails.


So, I would be very grateful for you help.


best regards,


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    Jun 28, 2013 9:15 AM   in reply to BBA2013

    The only way I was able to "semi-automate" this was to also check the PDF Optimizer selection in the Output Options dialog and then create a PDF Optimizer setting that does nothing at all.

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    Jul 2, 2013 7:12 AM   in reply to BBA2013

    Strange, I don't get that prompt when I add the Optimizer step. I had some problems in the recent past with my Action prompts. Have you tried exporting the Action and then opening the .sequ file with a text editor (it's just an XML file) and making sure the prompt designation is really off?

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    Jul 11, 2013 4:28 PM   in reply to BBA2013

    I am having the same problem in version 11, but adobe tries to open word and fails, so my computer freezes with word trying over and over to open the files I've listed to be batch converted.

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    Jul 12, 2013 9:26 AM   in reply to williamrocket

    Are these Word files on your local hard drive or perhaps on a network drive?

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    Jul 12, 2013 10:07 AM   in reply to LoriAUC

    They are all in a dropbox file- which i'm accessing through my finder on my computer and not through a browser. Does that make a difference?

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    Jul 12, 2013 10:55 AM   in reply to LoriAUC



    Just me nattering here; but --

    Something is different with Acrobat XI Pro and Office 2013.
    Open Acrobat XI Pro's Preferences. Select the Category "Convert to PDF". Note that you may not have any MS Office applications listed.
    Without that you cannot create an Action to operate on a "supported" file (format) as Word, Excel, etc won't be present.
    As a data point:
    --| Windows 8 (64-bit)
    --| Acrobat XI Pro (via a TCS v4 subscription)
    --| Office 2013 applications (via an Office 365 Home Premium subscription)

    Acrobat's PDFMaker is present and functional for:
    --| the Excel install
    --| the Word install
    --| the Outlook install
    --| the PowerPoint install

    For MS Access, reports can go to PDF or XPS via the MS publish to PDF routine (or exported to a Word rich text file or printed via the Acrobat installed Adobe PDF virtual printer).

    For One Note Print to PDF using the Adobe PDF virtual printer. 

    Be well...

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    Jul 12, 2013 11:26 AM   in reply to williamrocket

    Can you just try moving it to a local folder to see if this might be the problem?

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    Jul 15, 2013 4:44 AM   in reply to BBA2013

    Great suggestion. You can post that in the Feature Request/Bug Report Form.

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    Sep 27, 2013 8:07 PM   in reply to CtDave

    I have noticed that also - that MS Office files are not listed as supported formats for converting documents to PDF. Hence whenever I choose batch convert and open a folder of word docx files, they are not there. It mentions on the website that acrobat will convert Word documents to PDF, but I'm unable to with Acrobat XI, though I have noticed from searching that Acrobat X did this function and Word documents were supported. Can anyone help with this?? Is this a bug, or have some features not been included in the latest version of Acrobat. 

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    Sep 29, 2013 3:03 AM   in reply to BBA2013

    Dear Boris,


      Good to see a Russian name here. Could you share your VBA code, please? Dealing with the same issue.

    Solution at another thread was not what I was looking for.




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    Dec 24, 2013 3:08 AM   in reply to BBA2013

    Hi everyone!


    I have a semi-solution for the problem, i hope you will like it!

    If you use Adobe Acrobat Pro, then you have a printer named Adobe PDF.

    Go to the Devices and Printers menu in the Start menu, then right click on the Adobe PDF printer.

    Then click on the "print setup" or "print settings"*.

    On the Adobe PDF Settings tab set the output folder and click out the "View Adobe PDF result" and OK.


    Then go to that folder, where the doc files placed, Ctrl+A and right-click->Print.

    I takes pretty long time, but after that the single PDFs created.







    *Sorry for that guys, just I use a hungarian version of win7 so I dont know the exact english form.

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    Mar 9, 2014 12:54 PM   in reply to BBA2013

    I'm using Acrobat Pro XI on Mac OS X. From the File menu I selected Create and then Batch Create Multiple Files...




    You can either use the Add Files... button, or drag your files into the window.


    I just converted 53 .doc and .docx files to PDF with no interaction.


    - Rick

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