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How to open pdf's in separate windows?

New Here ,
Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

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When I open different pdf's I want them to open in separate windows.

It is possible to manually separate the different dokuments after opening them by dragging the tabs.

But it doesn't seem to be possible to set as default that the files open in separate windows.

 

How do I do that?

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Adobe Employee , Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

Hi All,

 

I hope you all are doing well. 

 

We appreciate your valuable feedback! We're always looking for ways to improve Acrobat, and we appreciate the time and effort you have taken to share your feedback.  

 

We acknowledge that the new Acrobat represents a notable change; however, we hope that as you get familiar with the new interface, you will be able to be more productive & get more out of Acrobat.

 

We are actively working on all the currently unavailable features, such as 'open cross-

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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Hello. My Adobe PDF just updated and I can't find the 'Open documents as new tabs in the same window' option in the settings anymore. Where has the option gone?

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Advocate ,
Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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You probably now have the New Experience.  You can disable it .

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New Here ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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When I open PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Reader on Win 10 they all open in the same window but different tabs. OK you can split them using Cascade, but I want to open directly in separate windows, as it was for past versions.

Thanks

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Community Expert ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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You can change this in the preferences of Acrobar Reader. Look at the category General.

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New Here ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by category General? And where I can change the preferences of Acrobar Reader?

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Community Expert ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Open the preferences: menu Edit > Preferences

On left side you will see the categories.

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New Here ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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I have Adobe Acrobat Pro and I don't have an Open documents in separate window under Edit.  How do I open them in separate windows for Acrobat Pro

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Community Expert ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Look at the preferences of Adobe Acrobat.

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Thanks for your reply.  There is nowhere in my Acrobat Pro settings that let's me open pdf documents in separate windows.  What am I missing?

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Community Expert ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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What can you see in the preferences?

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Community Expert ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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What version of Adobe Acrobat does you use?

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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It is Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, Version 9.0.0

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Community Expert ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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The option is not available in this old version.

Acrobat 9 can't display documents in tabs.

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Great!  I used to be able to drag to my other screen to view two pages at a time, but it doesn't let me do that anymore either.  Thanks for all your help.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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Ive seeb you have answered alot around here, But acrobat pro 2022 doesnt ahve the opention for seprate windows.

 

 

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Do you have a soultion?

 

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LEGEND ,
Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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You might have the "new Acrobat experience". It seems that in the future there will only be tabs. But for now you can disable the experience. Check out https://helpx.adobe.com/in/acrobat/using/new-acrobat-experience.html

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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Thats really annoying, you have to disable a new feature (no asked for) to get a box to uncheck for a deafault setting thats really not that usefull. Sounds like coprate, change the UI because we make too much money

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New Here ,
May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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this link has the solution finally and it worked. just checking if anyday I want to enable back new acrobat, how do I do that ?

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LEGEND ,
May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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You might find another menu to undo it. Or, you might have had your chance until this is released to everyone.

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New Here ,
May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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Understood. Thanks 'Test Screen Name". Appreciate your reply.

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New Here ,
Dec 19, 2022 Dec 19, 2022

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Hi:  in my version of Acrobat Reader (Version 11.0.23 on  a 2016 macbook) there is no option to choose "open in separate windows" in the General tab of Acrobat Preferences as other people have posted.  HOWEVER, the following trick worked for me:  

Go to "System Preferences"  on the mac, and then "Dock".  To the right of "Prefer tabs when opening documents" select "In Full Screen Only."   Good luck, this caused me hours of frustration but was finally fixed by this trick.

 

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LEGEND ,
Dec 19, 2022 Dec 19, 2022

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Yes, this option was not in the ancient Acrobat XI either. It was added a while after Acrobat SDK was released. Why would you keep using such an old version (about 8 years old?)

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