Why won’t my PDF save?

Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Learn about some of the most common issues with saving a PDF and how to fix them.

No matter how many times you click the Save button, it never seems to work? Here are several of the most common save-related issues and how to fix them.

Update the PDF editing software.

Like any type of software, your PDF reader or editor needs updates occasionally. Make sure your PDF editing software is up to date by visiting the Adobe Acrobat website and downloading the latest version of the software.

Change your storage settings.

Your PDF editor or reader might not know where to send your saved files, meaning they won’t save anywhere. To fix the problem, follow these steps:

  1. Open the file in Acrobat.
  2. Click File and choose Preferences at the bottom.
  3. In the Preferences panel, select General and check the box beside Show online storage when saving files.
  4. Press OK.

This correction to your storage settings may allow you to finally save your PDF.

Use an online PDF converter.

If your PDF still won’t save after testing these fixes, try a workaround using an online PDF converter like Adobe Acrobat online services. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the unsavable PDF.
  2. Copy the content into a Word document or other file type and save it to your device.
  3. Visit the Acrobat online services website.
  4. Upload the new file.
  5. Convert the file to PDF.
  6. Download the new PDF.

Whatever the problem was with your original PDF, you should be able to edit and save the new PDF as usual.

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