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Rename an open PDF in Acrobat?

New Here ,
Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018

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I often receive PDF files that I want to rename once I have looked at the content more closely.

How do I just rename an open file in Acrobat (rather than Save As, or closing the file and going into the OS file manager to do it?)

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LEGEND , Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018
Not only can you not rename files INSIDE Acrobat, you cannot rename a file at all, in Windows, while the file is open. Acrobat is a perfectly normal app in this regard.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018

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Acrobat can't rename files. Use your file manager.

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Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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...2 years later.... is there any reason (that im not understanding) for that?  the point is ...that would be really usefull ! 

 

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Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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not in acrobat but in document cloud we can! .... so i have to open 2 apps for work 1 file ! .... this is ...just a bit strange !  

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LEGEND ,
Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018

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Not only can you not rename files INSIDE Acrobat, you cannot rename a file at all, in Windows, while the file is open. Acrobat is a perfectly normal app in this regard.

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New Here ,
Jun 01, 2020 Jun 01, 2020

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It is possible in other apps. I have been using another reader on another PC and been renaming files while open for years.

Just now i am stuck on a PC with Adobe, and unable to rename. So I think its not normal, some apps can do it. 

I know your answer is 2 years old, i mean no offence but had to comment for others sake.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Would it be possible to achieve this with the filename stamper action plugin?

 

https://acrobatusers.com/assets/uploads/actions/File_Name_Stamper.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiwraXS2PfmAhVOeKwKH... 

 

I mean, is the closest thing that you may achieve what you're inquiring from within the Acrobat application.

 

See slide:

20200109_184428.jpg

 

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New Here ,
Jan 23, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

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My workplace switched from Mac to PC, and I am shocked that it is not possible to rename files while they are open. This is a basic function that something like PDF Expert can do on a Mac. How is corporate America functioning with such outdated technology?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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Maybe so, but lots of imageviewers let you rename a picture which APPEARS to be open to the user (meaning you can see it simultaneously while renaming).

From a technical perspective I guess the file is closed/unlocked in the background without changing the 'screen looking at it, renamed and opened again.

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Sumatra PDF is the only application I have found that does this well:

  • Open the PDF, to see what it is
  • Hit F2 (inside Sumatra PDF, while you're still looking at the PDF)
  • File selector dialog comes up, with title "Rename to"
  • Type new name of file, hit Save
  • Boom - you've renamed the file, and now have the renamed file open to continue viewing.

Adobe, why is this hard? I understand that there would be some issues if the user had already made edits, but you could easily force a save along with the rename.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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In the mean time, the answer which didnt look any further then a superficial first glance is marked 'correct'.

Maybe its technically true, but misses your point.

 

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New Here ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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This works! I can't believe Adobe Acrobat Pro DC doesn't have this simple but very useful function.

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2021 Aug 05, 2021

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This a nightmare! I dont get why such sophisticated tool cannot do such a simple and absolutly necessary action. Will try another app now.

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