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How to open pdf's in separate windows? [2016] [Locked]

New Here ,
Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

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Note from moderator: this post is from 2016 and things have changed. If you have a

question about the current version, please start a new post. This post is now locked.

 

Two answers are marked Correct. One is how to disable the "New Experience" and the other is

from 2016 and tells you how to disable tabs and see the PDFs in separate windows.

Separate Windows are not available (yet) in the New Experience. The first step is to disable it.

 

 

When I open different pdf's I want them to open in separate windows.

It is possible to manually separate the different documents after opening them by dragging the tabs.

But it doesn't seem to be possible to set as default that the files open in separate windows.

 

How do I do that?

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Community Expert , Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

Go to preferences (Edit>Preferences - on Windows), or faster is control-K (cmd-K on Mac).  Select the General category on the left, and look for the setting labelled 'Open documents as new tabs in the same window', and UNCHECK this.  You will need to restart Acrobat for this to take effect.

My best,

Dave

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New Here , May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

On the newest version (May 2023), you have to first select "Disable New Acrobat" from the upper left hamburger menu first before the option to  "Open documents as new tabs in the same window" will appear. To make that option visible, you have to first "Disable New Acrobat"

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Adobe Employee , Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

Hi All,

 

I hope you all are doing well. 

 

We appreciate your valuable feedback! We're always looking for ways to improve Acrobat, and we appreciate the time and effort you have taken to share your feedback.  

 

We acknowledge that the new Acrobat represents a notable change; however, we hope that as you get familiar with the new interface, you will be able to be more productive & get more out of Acrobat.

 

We are actively working on all the currently unavailable features, such as 'open cross-

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Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

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Go to preferences (Edit>Preferences - on Windows), or faster is control-K (cmd-K on Mac).  Select the General category on the left, and look for the setting labelled 'Open documents as new tabs in the same window', and UNCHECK this.  You will need to restart Acrobat for this to take effect.

My best,

Dave

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New Here ,
Mar 20, 2018 Mar 20, 2018

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Hi Dave,

I need help in this.I don't have Adobe acrobat in my system.Where do I go to edit-->preferences?

Regards

Pradeep

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2023 Apr 18, 2023

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thank you

 

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May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

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On the newest version (May 2023), you have to first select "Disable New Acrobat" from the upper left hamburger menu first before the option to  "Open documents as new tabs in the same window" will appear. To make that option visible, you have to first "Disable New Acrobat"

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New Here ,
May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

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Thank you!!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2023 Jul 13, 2023

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I did this once and it totally made Acrobat non-functionable. I had to have IT do a complete re-install of my Acrobat.

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New Here ,
Sep 15, 2023 Sep 15, 2023

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Gesh! i dint wanthe new PRO anyways. this solves alot of my issues. I thouht I was nuts. Wasted a couple hrs in this and other trite wiht the NEW! thanks, 

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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I have this unchecked and it is still happening, so frustrating!!!

 

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New Here ,
May 01, 2018 May 01, 2018

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thank you

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New Here ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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How can I do this on a Macbook Pro runninng IOS 12.3?  it's driving me crazy. thanks.

 

 

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New Here ,
Dec 01, 2022 Dec 01, 2022

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The option is no longer on the menu on the latest version that appears web-based. I hate this version!  Want to go back to previous version.

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New Here ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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Found it:

Click the 3 horizontal lines button at top left

-> Disable new Acrobat Reader

-> Restart

-> Edit>Preferences>General

-> Uncheck the option "Open documents as new tabs in the same window (requires relaunch)"

-> Restart

-> Like this comment, enjoy

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2023 Apr 03, 2023

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Thanks for this, i hated new Adobe

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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OMG thank you!!! This is a lifesaver! The new Adobe was HORRIBLE lol 

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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Thank you very much, the new version wass driving me insane with no option to open in new windows!

 

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2023 Apr 17, 2023

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Thank you!  I'm not worthy!!

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New Here ,
May 03, 2023 May 03, 2023

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This is the way (thank you sooooo much!).  I don't know what Adobe was thinking.

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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Thank you!!! This is the most helpful info I found and all in one click!  You're awesome!

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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many thanks! very frustrating. i wonder which developers at adobe sit at the meeting table and say, "let's put this in as a feature, people will love it"...

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Thank you so much for the 3 horizontal line option Мартин2861777268yg! Whew!

 

 

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New Here ,
Jun 04, 2023 Jun 04, 2023

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This is driving me mad. I have checked the box, exited and restarted the application countless times and still it reverts to the default of separate tabs. Why can I not get this to work properly? Is there a tab that requires "save changes" somehwere that I am not seeing?

 

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New Here ,
Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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I am experiencing the same frustration.  After disabling the new Acrobat, I can uncheck the box "Open documents as new tabs in the same window (requires relaunch)" but the setting will not save.  Very irritating!

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New Here ,
Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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I am running Adobe Acrobat Standard 2023 on Windows 11.

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Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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After unchecking the box, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click OK.  It's a huge window and on my screen, the bottom was cut off so I couldn't see the OK button at first.

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