How to save changes and just overwrite a PDF without choosing a folder??

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Apr 20, 2020

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - I rarely use this app and am very frustrated by its Save and Save As screens. I need to open a PDF through a network link (I do NOT know the path to this PDF), make comments, and save it. Simple.  But when I try to save or exit, Acrobat Reader is forcing me to select a Save As location. Why?? How do I force it to just save over the same PDF? I don't know this location, and it would be a tremendous amount of work to figure out where the PDF is.

 

This is not a read-only file, and I have honestly never seen a piece of software from any other company force me to select a different path to save a writable file. Why does Adobe have to make everything so difficult? How do I force it to just let me overwrite the file?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 20, 2020

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Hi Bryan,

 

If you're using Acrobat Reader, you can't really do any changes in a document (other than filling out a form) so Saving or Saving as-ing... is not a critical option. Just quit and if it's asking for you to save, just click "Done Save." 

 

Although admittedly I do not know why it's asking you to save in the first place if you've not made any changes. Have you asked your IT person if opening files on a server is generating this?

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May 03, 2020

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Yea, sorry, but that's not true. Just perusing through this forum, this seems to be the most incorrect answer on the entire site. Adobe Reader has had the capability of making certain changes to PDF files, such as annotations, and saving them, for years.

 

The question is after you make a change, when you go to save the PDF file, how do you default to saving into the same folder. Currently, it gives you a list of "Recent Locations" and the "Document Cloud". But the folder where the PDF was opened is not one of the choices.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 03, 2020

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Well Bryan,

 

You are correct, my answer could have been better. In all honesty, I got sidetracked by someone coming to the door and part of my answer got left out.

 

I gather that you received this form via email. When you get documents from email, they tend to me in a very bizarre laberinth of folders and subfolders that as you stated, can be the devil to find. If you are on a Mac, that can be done in many programs (but not all) by pressing the command key and clicking on the name of the document. Apple's Mail program does allow this as shown below. Since you are on a network this will probably not work but I thought I'd mention it just to show some of the ways that computers organize things so THEY can find things.

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FWIW, I created a simple form (asking for "name") and I WAS able to have this simply write over the original document. But again, this was done via email, I'm not on a network so I cannot test that. I suggest you ask your IT folks how to access that folder and/or ask the sender/creator how they would like that form delivered to them because of this issue. It's also possible that your network hides the location of where things are residing as a security issue.

 

The foucs of my original response was based on the above mentioned issue and that Adobe cannot know where that folder is located. Microsoft might be able to because they are more often then not involved in some of the Server layout/decisions, but again, I do not know what kind of server software you are using. By doing a Save as, you can have a copy to send back to the recipient. 

 

I'm sorry you think I provided the worst answer in the history of Adobe's non-paid volunteer network of folks who try to help others. I will continue to try to improve.

 

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Apr 20, 2020

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Try this: Go to Edit (or the Reader menu if you're on a Mac) - Preferences - Security (Enhanced) and set Protected View to Off.

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Thank you! - I hope I remember this tip next time. It's been really annoying whenever a prompt to save at a folder is always asked when you hit save.

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This solution worked.  Thanks for posting.

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