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How to run Acrobat X Pro with Office 2021

New Here ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Hello, is there any workaround on how to be able to create PDFs with Acrobat X in Word 2021?
I bought the software a few years ago for lots of money and it ran perfectly with Office 2007 and Win 10.
Now on my new laptop it also runs fine, just the Acrobat Taskbar in Office is not available.
I already tried several workaround, also downloaded the relevant .dll file of a newer Acrobat version - without success.

 

I don't want to buy a software again which works totally fine - apart from this one important function which Adobe obviously decided on purpose no to work anymore so that people pay money again.

 

Any help is appreciated!

Thank you 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Adobe have to keep doing work to keep up with Microsoft's changes - this is why we pay for upgrades. Acrobat DC is now on subscription, around $20 per month. 

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Thank, I know that Acrobat is now on subscription and I will not support that. I'd rather get an older version on ebay.

Still the program runs perfectly fine, just the dll is not working in Office. This is a decision made by choice to get more money off customers. I don't want to spend 1.000 euro on a software just to find out a few years later that I have to buy it again because they decided not to support it anymore.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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That's one way to look at it. When Acrobat X was released 10 years ago, there was no Office 2021. Adobe didn't break anything - they just didn't have a crystal ball. So - they had to do work. We all hate unbillable work.  Alternatively, since you like your antique software (it was pretty good) why not use it with an antique version of Office and Windows?

Downloading, somewhere, any part of a future version without a license for that version is not something I would entertain. 

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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I would love to use it with antique Office 2007. Unfortunately, Microsoft did the same thing and it's impossible to run Office 2007 on Windows 11. I already tried everything.

That's like buying a Tesla car and in 10 years Tesla decides that the car shouldn't run anymore and buyers have to buy a new Tesla if they want to keep using it.

Again, there is no reason why Acrobat X shouldn't be able to write PDFs from Word - apart from that Adobe wants to sell the product again. If they give me compensation for the software that I bought, fine. But just deciding that it's not working anymore is disgusting.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Workaround:

Print to Adobe PDF.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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yeah, great idea!! Danke aus Hamburg 🙂

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New Here ,
Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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Hi,

use office 2010 pro on windows 11. The Acrobat X plug-in should work then.

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Community Expert ,
Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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Yes, if you run old software, do not expect that to colaborate with newer software. Newer software may or may not work, but it is very unfair, if someone upgrades the other programs, and then cries foul when the old software does not work as expectef. 

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Jun 12, 2024 Jun 12, 2024

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I too run Adobe Acrobat 10  and recently upgraded to Windows 11 OS and Office 2021.  Although listed as a COM add in, the Adobe menu item is missing.  As a workaround, I created the following macro and assigned it to a button on the MS Word ribbon:

 

Sub PDFPrinter()
'
' Print to PDF in one click

'
ActivePrinter = "Adobe PDF"
Application.PrintOut FileName:="", Range:=wdPrintAllDocument, Item:= _
wdPrintDocumentWithMarkup, Copies:=1, Pages:="", PageType:= _
wdPrintAllPages, Collate:=True, Background:=True, PrintToFile:=False, _
PrintZoomColumn:=0, PrintZoomRow:=0, PrintZoomPaperWidth:=0, _
PrintZoomPaperHeight:=0

End Sub

 

This results in a prompt asking for the location and filename you would like to use.

 

All the best,

Peter

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