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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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Indeed ended up tweaking File Explorer:

- Turn on thumbnail generation within Adobe as per: Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs in Windows Explorer (adobe.com)

- Turn on preview panel in Windows Explorer.

For Example: on the left side the filenames and on the right side the preview. Big enough to convey data to know how to rename.  

 

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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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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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First If you click on the left side panel to expand it, you'll see the Page Thumbnails option. Should be the first one.

 

Then right click the page you want to rename, select Page Labels...

 

And then in the popup window you'll see an area called "Prefix" - you can change the name there and then press ok

 

That should work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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This doesn't change the name of the PDF file.

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New Here ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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In the tree on the left highlight <Your Files> Then tick the box for the one you want, the menue on the right will show <rename> option click that and it will open a panel to edit the name. Click the rename button once you do that it will be done.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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What version of Adobe Acrobat does you use?

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New Here ,
Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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I'm using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC free version 2022.001.20169 64bit.

On Windows 11.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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The question was about Adobe Acrobat, not Reader.

Where does you see the tree in Acrobat Reader?

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Ok sorry I don't use that.

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