Open multiple files at once?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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I would like to tell Acrobat Reader DC to open all the pdf files in the current folder.

I'm trying to automate our accounts payable approval process, and want my supervisor to be able to open all the bills I share with him with one click and have the bills opened in Adobe so he can just go through the tabs to review them.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Ctrl+A, Enter

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Thanks.  My next task is to automate the Ctrl+A, Enter commands so the boss only has to perfrom one double-click.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Seriously? Your boss sounds like a pretty lazy person... If they're using a Windows machine you can do it like this:

- Create a new file and call it "Open All PDFs.bat"

- Open it in a plain-text editor (like Notepad)

- Paste the following code into it:

for %%v in (*.pdf) do "%%v"

- Save and close the file.

- When you double-click it it will automatically open all the PDF files in the folder it's currently located.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Thanks.  I know this isn't a forum about batch files, but that opened adobe with the first file, then I had to close adobe before it opened up again with the next file.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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It worked fine for me... Are all the files in the same folder, or some of them in sub-folders?

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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In the same folder.  So yours opened up Adobe Reader with multiple tabs?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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I use Acrobat XI, not Reader, so there are no tabs, but yes, they all opened in it.

Maybe try disabling the tabs feature and see if it works then...

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Disabling tabs didn't work.  I get the dos box showing the batch file progress.  It pauses after opening the first file and won't continue until I close Adobe, then Adobe re-opens with the second file.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Yes, I'm seeing now that Reader does work like that. I have no idea why.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 23, 2016 Dec 23, 2016

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Start Acrobat Reader before you use the .bat file.

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Dec 23, 2016 Dec 23, 2016

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I tried that too... The results were the same.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Depending on your operating system, you may be able to enter the folder, do a quick 'select all'  (control-A in Windows) and press enter.  That works for me on Windows, opening all documents in a separate tab in Acrobat Pro DC.

I hope that helps.

My best,

Dave

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