Comments from MS Word 365 not showing in Acrobat Pro 2020

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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When I export a commented Word 365 file to Acrobat Pro 2020 PDF format, there is the grey column down the right side of the PDF with either some comments or no comments. I have repaired Word and installed the March 7 Acrobat patch.

 

Any assistance is appreciated.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and sorry to hear that.

 

Would you mind sharing the version of the Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 you are using? To check the version go to Help > About Acrobat and make sure you have the recent version installed. Go to Help > Check for updates and reboot the computer once.

 

Is this a behavior with a particular file or with all the Word files that you export to PDF? Please try with a different Word file and check.

 

What is the workflow/steps you are doing to create the PDF from Word document? Please go through the steps shared here https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/how-to/create-pdf-files-word-excel-website.html  and see if that works.

 

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Amal

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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Hi.

I am using version 2020.005.30314

 

This happens with all Word files, and I am attempting to use the Word Acrobat plugin and the Print to PDF feature. I have followed the workflow in the link you provided. 

 

Comments are either partially there (just a few of the first comments) or absent altogether.

 

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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I  am not sure if your explanation tells if you've tried this or not, but use the Acrobat ribbon in Word,  visit the Preferences button to ensure comments are converted to Notes,  and then use the Create PDF button to initiate the conversion.  In almost all circumstances, I have found this to be the most reliable method of converting from Word to PDF.

Anything else you can tell us about your process and results might be helpful.

My best,

Dave

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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I have used the Adobe Acrobat Ribbon. Look below this post and you'll see more entries by me about this issue.

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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Looking at things more closely, it looks like comments are working correctly on the first page of the documents but missing on subsequent pages. Any clue why this would happen?

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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More updates. If I print to PDF, all the Word comments appear in the PDF. That takes to long to do since I do this for many documents a day. I'd like for it to work with the plugin, which it should.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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Hi there

 

Would you mind sharing the version of the MS office and the OS you are using? Also, please share the Word document file in question and a small video recording of the steps/issue so that we can try to reproduce the issue on our end for further investigation.

 

Regards

Amal

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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I am running Word on Microsoft 365 16.0.14931.20120.

My OS is Windows 11 ver 21H2 (OS Build 22000.556)

Attached is a sample Word file, the PDF output, and an MP4 video of me creating the PDF output. 

 

This just began happening within the past week or so. It happens with all files. Before, everything worked fine. I have multiple screens, and Acrobat launched on a different screen. I had to drag it into view in the video.

 

As I indicated, if I print to PDF, the comments appear on all PDF pages. If I save to PDF or go through the menu ribbon, it saves only on the first page.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and thank you for sharing the required files.

 

Also please collect the procmon logs as described here https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/Labs/acromonitor.html and share them via document cloud as described here https://helpx.adobe.com/document-cloud/help/sharing-pdfs.html for further investigation

 

Regards

Amal

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Has there been any headway on this issue?

 

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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I created a PDF with the Acrobat tab (the ribbon is the entire group of tabs) and only the first page created the comments. 

 

I then did a save-as PDF using Microsoft's built-in PDF creator and as XPS--same problem. That leads me to suspect it is a Word problem--probably with a recent update.

 

Don't know if this helps, but if you export using the Acrobat tab, you can convert Word comments to Acrobat comments. That seemed to bring all the comments in. 

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David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert

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Turn off all markup in review and then convert again. 

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