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How to keep Acrobat Pro DC at background when combining files into PDF?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 26, 2017 Oct 26, 2017

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When combining a lot of files (word, ppx, pdf, etc) into 1 pdf file, after every seperate file from te list is converted the Acrobat windows becomes te active window. This is pretty annoying when multitasking. How can i stop this behaviour and make Acrobat perform this task in the background??

This is on Windows 7 64bit

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Community Expert , Oct 26, 2017 Oct 26, 2017

That has nothing to do with it. Acrobat is NOT meant to be used as a background service.

AFAIK, Adobe doesn't offer any tool that will do that, except maybe some web-based services, like the PDF Pack.

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Oct 26, 2017 Oct 26, 2017

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Not possible.

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM, ronaldv161193 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Community Beginner ,
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Ok.. Guess that's why they call it 'Pro' right? Any idea of tools that can do this for us?

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That has nothing to do with it. Acrobat is NOT meant to be used as a background service.

AFAIK, Adobe doesn't offer any tool that will do that, except maybe some web-based services, like the PDF Pack.

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Not as a background service, i agree. But this is just bad design. Its intended for professional users. User who need to make money with this. We don't make money watching software perform it's tasks.

Thanks for your time! Guess we have to install an extra pc to make this work.

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Jul 11, 2022 Jul 11, 2022

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Hello people from five years ago, this is the only thread I've found on this topic. For the past couple years mine had been doing this, right up until last week. I'd always assumed that's just how it was.

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Sep 28, 2023 Sep 28, 2023

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That has nothing to do with it. Acrobat is NOT meant to be used as a background service.

AFAIK, Adobe doesn't offer any tool that will do that, except maybe some web-based services, like the PDF Pack.


By @try67

This is nothing to do with using Acrobat as a "background service"!! It's about using Acrobat as a program running in a multi-tasking environment (I'm using Windows10)

Grabbing focus (which is a deliberate programming decision) during what is, in effect, a batch process goes against all basic principles of multi-tasking.

And, as someone who writes a LOT of Windows 10 code, the solution should be trivial (almost certainly a simple flag in the Windows API - unless there are seriously bad programming practices being used).

Can you imagine not being able to continue to use another program because Acrobat grabbed focus every time it printed a page - the principle is exactly the same.

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Jun 28, 2024 Jun 28, 2024

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I'm still facing this stupid issue in 2024. Acrobat grabs focus each time it adds a file. This is just plain dumb. I often have to combine 100+ jpg files into a PDF and it just steals the system, locking me out of my computer for several minutes.

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