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I'm trying to combine multiple files into one PDF. I have 40 individual pdf pages that I want to make one pdf that is 40 pages in length. I then want to edit that document, rotate pages properly and save it. Used to be a simple and straight forward process. What am I missing?

I am choosing combine files to a pdf, but regardless of what I choose, it apparently creates a portfolio made up of individual documents. I also want to rotate pages that were combined (some of which were landscape), and there is no way I can see to do that without literally going into each document, rotating and saving.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Hi Kates,

Can you please verify which version of Acrobat Pro you are using? It is Acrobat Pro DC, and I assume you are updated to the latest release?

What is the process you are using to combine these pages? It should be from here:

2018-10-19_10-48-19.png

Note that further down that menu is "PDF Portfolio." Did you miss when selecting?

Before you do this though, try to have some built in order. That is pre-name them such as 01-document.pdf, 02-document.pdf, etc.

Then when you bring them in they will be in the order you want. BTW, you do not need to pre-form them into PDFs you can bring Word, JPGs, Excel documents (and some other formats) all in there and combine them then let Acrobat do the rest.

Next you stated you were concerned about rotating some of the PDFs, Are you aware that within a single PDF you can have portrait and landscape documents next to each other? PDFs do not care, they are not books. However, if you are concerned and wish to rotate some of the pages, you can go into the Organize Pages set of tools and easily rotate the pages there. You state that there are only about 30 pages. That's not enough to worry about how to have Acrobat self-rotate, it's small enough to simply rotate them by hand within Organize Pages. Yes, a bit tedious but much faster in the long run.

You can then do a Save as... and you should be done.

I hope this works for you, you didn't give much information in your original problem/issue statement.

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Can't combine files into one PDF.

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I'm trying to combine multiple files into one PDF. I have 40 individual pdf pages that I want to make one pdf that is 40 pages in length. I then want to edit that document, rotate pages properly and save it. Used to be a simple and straight forward process. What am I missing?

I am choosing combine files to a pdf, but regardless of what I choose, it apparently creates a portfolio made up of individual documents. I also want to rotate pages that were combined (some of which were landscape), and there is no way I can see to do that without literally going into each document, rotating and saving.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Correct answer by gary_sc | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Kates,

Can you please verify which version of Acrobat Pro you are using? It is Acrobat Pro DC, and I assume you are updated to the latest release?

What is the process you are using to combine these pages? It should be from here:

2018-10-19_10-48-19.png

Note that further down that menu is "PDF Portfolio." Did you miss when selecting?

Before you do this though, try to have some built in order. That is pre-name them such as 01-document.pdf, 02-document.pdf, etc.

Then when you bring them in they will be in the order you want. BTW, you do not need to pre-form them into PDFs you can bring Word, JPGs, Excel documents (and some other formats) all in there and combine them then let Acrobat do the rest.

Next you stated you were concerned about rotating some of the PDFs, Are you aware that within a single PDF you can have portrait and landscape documents next to each other? PDFs do not care, they are not books. However, if you are concerned and wish to rotate some of the pages, you can go into the Organize Pages set of tools and easily rotate the pages there. You state that there are only about 30 pages. That's not enough to worry about how to have Acrobat self-rotate, it's small enough to simply rotate them by hand within Organize Pages. Yes, a bit tedious but much faster in the long run.

You can then do a Save as... and you should be done.

I hope this works for you, you didn't give much information in your original problem/issue statement.

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could you show some examples.

If you combine 40 files in to one pdf, all pages are under each other in one pdf, and yes i looks like a portfolio. I've never used it with landscape and portrait in one combined pdf, but normally acrobat sees what is lanscape and is portrait.

Maybe a silly question, but do you have installed Office 365 on your computer? Because i have some issues with acrobat since i installed Office 365.

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Hi Kates,

Can you please verify which version of Acrobat Pro you are using? It is Acrobat Pro DC, and I assume you are updated to the latest release?

What is the process you are using to combine these pages? It should be from here:

2018-10-19_10-48-19.png

Note that further down that menu is "PDF Portfolio." Did you miss when selecting?

Before you do this though, try to have some built in order. That is pre-name them such as 01-document.pdf, 02-document.pdf, etc.

Then when you bring them in they will be in the order you want. BTW, you do not need to pre-form them into PDFs you can bring Word, JPGs, Excel documents (and some other formats) all in there and combine them then let Acrobat do the rest.

Next you stated you were concerned about rotating some of the PDFs, Are you aware that within a single PDF you can have portrait and landscape documents next to each other? PDFs do not care, they are not books. However, if you are concerned and wish to rotate some of the pages, you can go into the Organize Pages set of tools and easily rotate the pages there. You state that there are only about 30 pages. That's not enough to worry about how to have Acrobat self-rotate, it's small enough to simply rotate them by hand within Organize Pages. Yes, a bit tedious but much faster in the long run.

You can then do a Save as... and you should be done.

I hope this works for you, you didn't give much information in your original problem/issue statement.

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I've recently noticed that my files are not combining into one PDF but into a portfolio. It does not matter if I use the tools shortcut or the tools>create function. I'm not sure what changes because when I started to use Pro DC in October I was able to do just that: combine multiple PDF's into one PDF (where the pages are 1 to infinity; not one page of one, hit arrow next for subsequent page). Hopefully there's another way to correct what was once working. I've done numerous searches and have not found a solution.

ETA: Naturally, as soon as I posted I was able to figure out the solution: When in the combined files window click options and uncheck Save As PDF Portfolio. The combined file should now say Binder instead of Portfolio.

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Whatever I do - I now can't now combine files to create a 'binder' PDF - only a 'portfolio' PDF.

Whichever route I take in order to combine the files - it creates a portfolio... I DON'T WANT TO CREATE A PORTFOLIO!

Please Adobe - can someone help? Is this an issue anyone else is experiencing?

Rich

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I found the solution - at the point at which you are combining the files you'll see an 'options' icon:

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Simply un-check 'Save as PDF Portfolio' at this point:

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It's kind of silly... as you've deliberately chosen not to create a portfolio by this time - but just make sure that's un-checked.

Bad UX to be honest... but whatever.

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Thank you so much for this advice - I spent hours working on this today and this post has helped enormously. I now have a binder file - hurray 🙂

 

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I know this question is almost a year old, but I was having the same problem and this forum did not answer the question.  What I DID discover after many a trying attempts was that in the OPTIONS box, I had (or it came that way on install) checked the box for "Save as PDF Portfolio" - when this is not checked, it combines all of the files into ONE PDF.  HOORAY!!  So much easier before.

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Thanks for the help!

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I cannot combine files either and I just paid to be able to do it through Adobe.  The combine button is not an option. What do I do?

 

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I had the same issue. You must enter the new file name first (just to the left of the combine button) in order to activate the combine button. Hope this helps

 

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