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Acrobat asking where to save a file EVERY TIME

Community Beginner ,
Aug 09, 2018 Aug 09, 2018

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This has been bugging me for ages and I haven't ever found a fix.

Why is it that when I open an existing PDF, edit that PDF, and then click save, it ALWAYS asks me where to save it? I just want to override the previous file. 99.999999% of all products I use where I open an existing document, then click save, it automatically saves it to the same location I previously had the document saved to, and it doesn't require me to go in and select where I want to save it.

It makes no sense to me and drives me insane that when I make one small adjustment, I can't just click save and be done with it.

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Adobe Employee , Aug 09, 2018 Aug 09, 2018

This is a designed behavior, there is no way to default the file location to any particular folder in Adobe Reader.

You can try disabling the protected mode at startup to save a file, however, Protected View feature for PDFs is to keep your computer safe. With Protected Mode enabled, all operations required by Acrobat Reader DC to display the PDF file are run in a restricted manner inside a confined environment, the “sandbox.” For detailed info, refer to Protected View feature for PDFs (Windows), Adobe Reader

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 09, 2018 Aug 09, 2018

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Hello Jone,

We're sorry for the trouble you had with Adobe Reader, the designed behavior of Adobe Reader tends to save the location of the recently Saved file which can be directly selected. It gives you the option to choose another location to save the file if you wish to change the location.

You can disable these two options in Adobe Reader Preferences and see if that helps. Navigate to Edit>Preferences>General>Uncheck these two options "Show online Storage when opening files" and "Show online storage when saving files"

You can fill the Adobe wish form to request a new feature or to request modifications in the existing feature Feature Request/Bug Report Form

Let us know how it goes and share your observation.

Thanks,

Anand Sri.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 09, 2018 Aug 09, 2018

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This didn't answer my question at all.

When I open a file I've already saved, so it's not just a new PDF file that's never been saved, and I change something, I just want to click "yes" when asked to save without being then asked where I want to save the file. I'VE ALREADY SAVED IT MULTIPLE TIMES TO THE SAME LOCATION! Why would you ask me every single time I close the file where I want to save it, when I've already chosen where to save it EVERY OTHER TIME the program asks when I close and save the file?

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 09, 2018 Aug 09, 2018

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This is a designed behavior, there is no way to default the file location to any particular folder in Adobe Reader.

You can try disabling the protected mode at startup to save a file, however, Protected View feature for PDFs is to keep your computer safe. With Protected Mode enabled, all operations required by Acrobat Reader DC to display the PDF file are run in a restricted manner inside a confined environment, the “sandbox.” For detailed info, refer to Protected View feature for PDFs (Windows), Adobe Reader

navigate to Edit>Preferences>Securtiy(Enhanced)>uncheck 'Enable Protected Mode at startup'.

Thanks,

Anand Sri.

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New Here ,
Dec 29, 2018 Dec 29, 2018

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Excellent Q Jone

And no they DID NOT ANSWER the question. 

"Show online Storage when opening files" and "Show online storage when saving files" - does nothing when changed.

I too use A Pro often and hate this problem.

If anyone has an idea I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate a solution.

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New Here ,
Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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This DOES NOT work, and causes further problems. If I turn off protected mode, and then go back and edit my file and hit CTRL-S to save, nothing happens. Then when I go to close the program, it asks me if I want to save my work... as if I'd never hit CTRL-S at all. So, now I have a choice of dealing with an unnecessary dialoge box, or having no idea if my work is being saved or not as I work. There is no reason whatsoever to FORCE a person to use SAVE AS instead of SAVE. If it's by design, it's not very well designed.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2019 Feb 07, 2019

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navigate to Edit>Preferences>Securtiy(Enhanced)>uncheck 'Enable Protected Mode at startup'. is the answer.

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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Thank you!!! This has been driving me batty as well. Unchecking Enabled Protected Mode at startup fixed it.

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 27, 2019

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Someone should really update this question to show gafoora7962750's answer as the correct one.

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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020

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I did this and it worked for one document.  But when I went into another.....it didn't work.  The box for 'enabled protected mode' was unchecked and it is still making me save mutliple versions of the same document.  

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 04, 2020 Apr 04, 2020

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not sure what you checked but I tried unchecking  "enable enhanced security" which also worked for only 1 file.

then I realized at the top of the security panel there is "enable protected mode at startup" which when unchecked seems to allow a simple save without going through the save as bs

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New Here ,
Apr 08, 2020 Apr 08, 2020

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Thank you - terrible default setting.  glad you figured out the resolution.

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New Here ,
May 13, 2020 May 13, 2020

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Thank you I changed the prefs, then restarted Reader, works now, Single click save even after making comments, highlights etc, like the way it should work!

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New Here ,
Jul 14, 2020 Jul 14, 2020

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This works !! thanks gafoora7962750. 

I hate adobe reader but still have to use it because my company has it.
Your solution saved me.

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2021 Sep 02, 2021

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THANKS A LOT BRO FOR THE RIGHT SUGGESTION !!

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New Here ,
Nov 06, 2021 Nov 06, 2021

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Thanks a lot pro ❤❤

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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 26, 2023

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It worked seamlessly. THANK YOU! This saved soooo much aggravation

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New Here ,
May 15, 2023 May 15, 2023

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For the love of god thank you! Adobe Reader has to be the worst programs of all time, almost every version "update" makes it more and more combersome to use. Now they want you to pay for a subscription to use some features... like bro it's just a PDF reader, it's not Photoshop or Illustrator... 99% of users dont need any of this extra junk... just STOP updating it please

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New Here ,
May 15, 2023 May 15, 2023

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Way cool handle!

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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Awesome this worked for me!

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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I can't believe it's 2024 and this program can't do what 99.9% of all programs do by default.

 

But just in case: unchecking 'Enable Protected Mode at startup' worked for me, but only after I did what AnandSri said first: Edit > Preferences > General > Uncheck "Show online Storage when opening files" and "Show online storage when saving files". Before doing that, disabling protected mode did not help. So if you're trying this solution make sure you disable the other crap first.

 

I still don't know why they refuse to default to intuitive features that even the worst software pieces have (more examples: opening a long document exactly where you left and not at the beginning, or remembering a default view setting, all of those need to be configured at some obscure places in preferences).

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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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LATEST

THIS WORKED

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Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020

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Make shure that you have the right permission to the file. This fixed all the rest of the problems, after doing the things in this thead.

 

 

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New Here ,
Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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HI,

 

This solution works well if i save my file other than %temp% folder.

But if my file is in %temp% folder then it is not working.

Is their any workaround for this?

 

Thanks in advance,

Pushkar

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New Here ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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This is so ridiculous (as is most of Adobe pdf, the most cumbersome program I've ever had the pleasure of using).  Why is there a threat of lack of protection in a global sense for changing one simple feature that is available, as the original poster says, in 99.9999999% of programs?  And buried obscurely in the Preferences section.  What an utter pain.

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