I'd like to know if there's a way to disable the popup that says "Do you want to save changes before closing?"?
For example, I open a multi-page pdf. I extract one page. Click the "Save" icon. "Save as PDF" window opens. Type new file name. Click "Save." Click the "x" to close the newly saved file. Then the prompt for "Do you want to save changes before closing?" pops up....WHY!?
It's the same for just simply opening and closing a file. Open file. Click the "X" to close. BOOM. stupid "save" prompt comes up. I don't have any changes to save.
This is a HUGE time-suck considering how frequently I use these functions. The previous version of the program that I had did not give me this issue. I only got the prompt to save when I'd actually make changes to the document.
This is for Adobe Acrobat Standard 2017. This is on my office computer as well, so I likely won't be able to run scripts or whatever other fancy fixes are suggested. I'll likely be limited to options already preset within the program....so really this post is directed DIRECTLY at Adobe. Please tell me there's a setting to make this awful popup go away! @adobe adobecare
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Acrobat does not prompt you to save a file if you just open it and close it without modifying it.
If it does, then that means that the file was modified. There are different potential causes for that. The most common one is that you are actually dealing with a corrupt PDF file, and Acrobat fixed it for you when you loaded it. This one is very easy to verify: Open the document, close and and save it. Then open it again and close it. Does Acrobat still prompt you to save it? If not, then Acrobat fixed the bad PDF file for you in the first save operation.
Unfortunately I struck out on both of your suggestions. I'm still getting the prompt. And it happens with every pdf I have. Most of the files I'm working with right now are scans--multiple pages that I personally scanned into one pdf. But this also happens with files I did not originate; anything I've opened via email or opened from any drive on my computer still gets this prompt. Thank you for your help though. At least we've eliminated the usual suspects!
Did you scan the documents with Adobe Acrobat?
I don't understand what you're asking? We have a large printer/copier/scanner that everyone in the office uses. I tap scan, run the pages through and then the pdf gets saved to central folder that I can access at my computer.
Then the software of the scanner creates the files.
It is simply not true to say that "Acrobat does not prompt you to save a file if you just open it and close it without modifying it". I download invoices for my quarterly tax return from a wide range of websites, print them and then try to close them with a quick ^W. 90% of the time, this message comes up to waste my time.
Why can't there be a simple "open read-only" option? The proportion of time that I open a PDF with the intention of editing it must be about 1/1000.
You can file an enhancement request with Adobe for a read-only mode: Feature Request/Bug Report Form
Right, so Adobe is modifying the document, not me, and it's doing it without asking me. I spent this morning doing my accounts and I must have at least 20 suppliers, so printed off PDF invoices from that many different sources. All but a couple generated the message when I closed them. I do not believe that 90% of companies producing PDF invoices on their websites are creating corrupt PDFs.
There is absolutely no need for it to do this. I should be able to open by default as read-only, the way Adobe Reader used to work. If you added up all the time you are wasting across your entire user base, it must be eye-watering. These are supposed to be productivity tools, not anti-productivity tools.
incorrect info. Adobe (at least my adobe) asks that annoying message if I scroll down or up withou modifying the PDF
Same issue with me. All I do is open and immediately close the file and I am being asked if I want to "save the changes". This is the reason I came to this forum. If something is happening behind the scenes, as you suggest, it's irrelevant. As long as the user does not know why he/she is being asked, there is no reasonable way to answer the question and therefore absolutely no reason ask it. Put another way: "Do you want to save the changes to xfile (that you are unaware of and for which there is no explanation)?" Okay, user...answer that! Literally no reason to ask.
One can use the document's "dirty" property to "false" and prevent any prompt for saving. Note this is not available to Reader.
You should be able to edit the document level scripts within the PDF or for any action within the PDF. Depending upon which directory and what access you have been granted to that directory, you should be able to save your edited PDF.If you cannot, then you need to contact the individual responsible for maintaining that PDF.
Thank you for your response, however your notes are a bit above my head and I don't understand what/how to do this.
The only thing I have figured out to reduce this problem isn't going to help people who are just looking at a file one time.
However, if you are opening and re-opening the same file, here is what you can do.
Save and replace the file (which involves hitting enter 3 times, then the left arrow and enter again to confirm that you want to replace the file). The next time you go into the file and just look at the file and close it, you will not get the annoying box asking "Do you want to save changes to file XXX before closing?"
This is a really frustrating problem, and it's extra frustrating to be told that we have modified a file when we've definitely only opened it.
I was just having this problem today, and attempting fixes based on this and other threads. I had just completely given up, when I noticed my pages weren't printing with great resolution, so I unchecked the "Save Print/Toner" checkbox on the Print pop-up window. AND THAT STOPPED THE "SAVE" PROMPT! 😄 Though it could be the combination of that and some of the other various settings I checked and unchecked in my troubleshooting. But I kept getting the prompt until the Save Toner was unchecked.
ah!! thank you for this! I've been wresting with this same issue for over a week. I print off pdf'd invoices by the hundreds per week and for years I've never once had this pop up. It seemed so random and was so irritating. As soon as I read the words "Save print/Toner" i knew that was the problem! Since the prints are for internal use only and don't need to be pretty I thought it was smart to save on toner. I switched that on for the first time ever right around the time the pop up started so i knew that had to be it. I tried all the other recommended fixes i found online with no change. Switching off the Save Toner feature and we are back in business! thank you a bunch for sharing!
ouch!.. changing registry files didn't really work for the dialog asking to save file, it's still there.. i must have tested it on previously saved files. but the ticked option to save ink/toner when printing is cleared though.
and adobe forum doesn't provide a way to delete comment as well. guess i'll stick to using Foxit to view documents.
Your discovery is a miracle! and after snooping around, i think i found a way to disable the option permanently (on Windows machine though) but you have to know how to edit registry files because i cant find anywhere to set it on Adobe. navigate to the key below and disable the option by changing 1 to 0, or make a quick reg file like below and merge it into registry.
i scanned lots of pages and combined them for submission during this pandemic. so it's really annoying to answer 'no' everytime on each file before closing them. i am not editing any of the files except the combined file. i'm guessing adobe was attempting to 'save' the opened files with a new default 'save ink/toner' option.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Here it is Jan 3 2022, but AS123's answer lives on and is in fact the CORRECT one. If you uncheck the "save toner" box in the Print dialog, then print, that then becomes the default setting for the next print. Close Acrobat (Reader) and reopen the file, the "Do you want to save..." message is gone! Further, Dr Linda (below) gave CORRECT guidance on changing this print setting in the Registry to stave off any future instances of Adobe trying to save you $0.000001 in toner. Hallelujah! Happy New Year!
I tried all these solutions, including the repair and reboot, and still get the annoying request to save every time I open any pdf file in acrobat. When going to Help, I only get "About Adobe Plug-Ins" option, there is no option for Third Party Plug-Ins.
I figured out the solution. After reading about this issue for a couple of hours and trying all the solutions, none of them worked. I can't remember if I found this on my own or if it was the last solution I read. That is, it was only doing it with documents where I had used Windows command "Print as PDF" to create the PDF file. This happened whether I was saving a web page using Print as PDF or saving a Word document as PDF. Change the default PDF option in the Windows print prompt to Save as Adobe PDF. Problem solved. I suspect this is not a Windows issue but just Adobe reading the PDF when it's opened and determining it was not created with their software. So they're trying to be annoying. I have tried both ways, and quality is the same. But to get rid of the annoying prompt, you have to save as Adobe PDF.
Wow, crazy how the answer is always on the last page. YES adobe you suck again!! Imagine all PDF files have to be saved by your file extension and lose their thumbnail picture so that we can AVOID that stupid pop up SAVE AGAIN task. WTF?! You are the best in the World? Not really with this crap. Please remember the customer wants a Best Experience and there is a lot of competition.. Especially when the simple task is opening PDFs. - so mad!
So are you actually using Print to PDF to save a PDF as a PDF? That will cause all sorts of problems and disasters. I know a lot of people do this, but I'd love to hear why they go to all that trouble?