In Adobe Acrobat Professional you can use a batch sequence.
I was asking how to do this - as there doesn't appear to be a batch process for this.
Create a new batch sequence. Select 'Run commands on Selected Folder'. In the source file options enable 'Microsoft Office Word'. Then let run the sequence.
There is no batch sequence for converting files to pdf... otherwise I would have done this!
why didn't you post your solution in this forum?
I still don't have a solution to this, so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Did you try the batch sequence?
I think I need to clarify a bit here - I need to convert around 1500 documents from Word format to pdf format. I need a batch process that will do this WITHOUT opening each Word document, and WITHOUT opening each completed pdf document.
Using a new sequence in the batch processing, it is possible to convert documents, but for every document you do, you have to keep clicking on "OK" when it tells you that "whatever" can't be saved because it is open elsewhere (Acrobat is opening the thing in the first place) and I would end up with about 1500 open Word documents (which would crash my computer).
I need to run a batch process, unsupervised (so I can get on with the rest of my work on a separate computer) that won't open each document as it processes it.
> Using a new sequence in the batch processing, it is possible to convert documents, but for every document you do, you have to keep clicking on "OK" when it tells you that "whatever" can't be saved because it is open elsewhere (Acrobat is opening the thing in the first place) and I would end up with about 1500 open Word documents (which would crash my computer).
Looks like a problem with your installation. I don't have any problem using such a batch sequence.
I tried the instructions Bernd Alheit posted and i was successful. I'm using Acrobat 8 Pro and i converted 300 files. Thamks Bernd
Thanks - I'm using Acrobat 7 Pro at work, so I guess I'll have to take the files home and try that on Acrobat 8 instead.
Thanks for all the ideas :)
Does the batch use the user-set preferences in Word for converting the .docx or is this a "generic" conversion?
I am trying the same function in Acrobat Pro 9, but there is no function listed in my option to enable wrod docs...
What can I do?
I followed your advice but I don't have "Microsoft Office Word" as an option in my source file options. Do you know what would be missing - I have Office 2004 for Mac.
Bernd, we are searching for a way to convert multiple Word files as well, but can you clarify with more steps how we 'create a new batch sequence'? Was not able to figure out how you do this. We have Adobe Acrobat Standard 9. Really appreciated if possible!
Batch sequences are not available in the Standard edition.
Thanks Bernd, your instructions worked for me. I was a little confused at first as I was trying to work out what command to use - but there is no command! You ignore point 1. and just do 2. and 3.
For those who find this forum through Google if you want to merge a number of Word Documents into a single PDF go to file - create PDF - from multiple files. This will convert seperate Word docs into one PDF.
Hello, could you tell me how to batch convert multiple word documents to pdfs in acrobat pro 9.5.3? It doesn't seem to recognize word as a supported source file. Thank you for any help you can give! Jamie
I am having the same problem- I have Acrobat XI pro- and i haven't been able to figure out how to batch convert word files to PDF. I actually need to convert them to PDF/A, but I would be happy to at least get the first step of converting them to PDF, because I think I could figure out from there how to use the preflight option to convert the PDFs to PDF/A
Create an Action without any commands and run it on the folder with the Word files. They'll be automatically converted to PDF files.
Good idea. I tried to create the action, thought, and if I don't add any tools to it it won't let me save the action-?
Yeah, I see... They changed how it works. Just add a Save command, then.
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.
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.
The conversion of MS Office documents to PDF goes through a number of steps and helper programs. You may need to check the PDF converter within Word for the option to prompt or not prompt for file name, Distiller for the same option,and the Adobe PDF printer for the same option. Also make sure the option to display the resulting PDF is turned off.
You can create a portfolio of a folder of Word files. Then extract the files from the portfolio to individual PDFs.
If you add Word files to a Portfolio there is an option to convert the file to PDF but this assumes you have everything setup properly for the use of PDF Maker.
I don’t recall setting anything up for PDF Maker, and I’ve installed Acrobat hundreds of times. Is it sometimes a problem?
For some it is.
Batch conversion from supported file formats to pdf can be done by creating an action with Action Wizard:
Click Tools button from the upper right>Click Action Wizard>Click Create New Action...>Click Save & Export from the left panen>Click Save>Click the button that it's located between the left and right pane>Click Specify Settings from the right panel.
Now, I checked the box called PDF Optimizer>Click Settings and then, on Images category, for Color Images and Greyscale Images I choosed Maximum Quality, which increase the file size, but it's OK for me.
Now, I clicked the Save button and provide a name for this profile settings, something like "Maximum quality".
Click OK, click OK, click Save, provide a name for this Action, something like "Convert all to pdf at maximum quality", then click Save.
When you want to convert, for example a bunch of .docx files to pdf, open Adobe Acrobat Professional, click Tools from the upper right, click Action Wizard, under Actions, click "Convert all to pdf at maximum quality", choose Add files or Add folder from the drop down menu located immediately under "Files to be processed:", browse and select the folder that contain .docx or other files formats, click OK, click Start.
Adobe Acrobat Professional will start conversion, without unwanted prompts.
When the job is finished, click Close, and close Adobe Acrobat Professional. If it prompt to save changes to untitled, click No.
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I have Acrobat 9 Pro. I can batch convert Word docs to PDFs by doing this:
1. Open Acrobat Pro. Click File > Create PDF > Batch Create Multiple Files...
2. A window will open prompting you to add files. Click Add Files > Add Files... OR Add Folders... If adding a folder, navigate to it, and click OK to add it to the list. You can also select a bunch of files and drag & drop them into the Add Files window.
3. Once you have all the files listed that you want to convert, click OK. A new window called Output Options will open. In this window, select your preferred settings. For me, I want all the new PDFs to have the same filename and be in the same folder as the Word docs, so I choose these settings:
4. Click OK, and then the batch process will begin running. You will see Word opening and closing. However, you won't have to click Save or anything. You can run it unattended. The process takes a little while, so I usually set up a batch to run, then go to lunch. Once finished, you should have all your new PDFs:
Hope that helps someone!
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@llamallamaduck, that's exactly what the OP was looking for, and what I was looking for too. Thank you so much!
However with the latest Acrobat Pro DC I cannot get any of this to work.
Batch processing multiple word documents is a PITA currently.
Newest Version and newest Word.