Managing files and folders

Cloud-based files

Acrobat Reader integrates with Adobe Document Cloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive so that you can easily work with files in any location. Changing a cloud-based PDF made on your device automatically saves back to the original cloud location.

Dropbox and Google Drive users can install the apps or simply add their accounts on-the-fly to enable one-touch access to those locations. All scenarios allow you to open cloud-based files in Acrobat Reader and save files edited in Acrobat back to the original location.

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Opening file from the cloud

To access your files in Document Cloud, Dropbox, or Drive:

  1. Go to the Home screen.

  2. Tap filesicon

  3. Tap one of the cloud storage options. If you have not already connected your account, tap Sign in > Add Account, and complete the workflow.

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Once you’ve gained access, you can navigate to any file. PDF files open in Acrobat. If you edit the PDF, changes automatically save back to the cloud.

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Searching for files

Acrobat only search local and Document Cloud files. It does not search files in other cloud storage locations.

Unlinking an account

Unlinking is basically a sign out operation. To unlink:

  1. Navigate to the cloud folder.

  2. Tap overflowicon in the upper right.

  3. Tap Manage (Service name) Accounts.

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  1. Tap removecircle

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Opening PDFs from email and browsers

Adobe recommends viewing PDFs in Acrobat Reader because other viewers (for example, Google’s built-in PDF viewer and other PDF apps) may not display items such as sticky notes, highlight, freehand drawing, handwritten signatures, filled form data, and other items. These items will display if you view your PDF in Acrobat. You can open a PDF in Acrobat from other applications, including:

  • Email

  • Browsers

Note

In workflows that ask you whether to open Acrobat just once or always, choosing Always sets Acrobat as the default PDF viewer. Doing so ensures broad support for the PDF standard, provides a long list of free PDF features such as sharing, commenting, and so on, and provides one-click integration with the Scan app.

Email

  1. Open the PDF attachment (typically a long press).

  2. When asked how to complete the action, choose Adobe Acrobat.

  3. Tap Always or Just Once.

Note: Mail has known problems with many attachment types (not just PDF attachments).

Browsers

Note that different browsers may have different workflows. To open a PDF that’s open in Chrome:

  1. Tap overflowicon

  2. Tap Open with…

  3. Tap Acrobat.

File management

Rename files

From a file list, including Files and a list of search results:

  1. Tap overflowicon to the right of a file.

  2. Tap renameicon

  3. Enter a name.

  4. Tap Rename.

Note

You cannot rename shared files.

Move files

Acrobat only supports moving Document Cloud files. From a file list, including Files and a list of search results:

  1. Tap Files > Document Cloud.

  2. Tap overflowicon to the right of a file.

  3. Tap moveicon

  4. Tap a new location.

  5. Tap Move.

Note

You cannot move shared files.

Duplicate files

Acrobat only supports duplicating local files (on your device).

  1. Tap Files > On this device.

  2. Tap overflowicon to the right of a file.

  3. Tap duplicateicon

The file is automatically duplicated with the same name and a (1). You can rename the file as you would any other file.

Deleting files

From any file list, including Home, Files, and a list of search results:

  1. Tap overflowicon to the right of a file.

  2. Tap deleteicon

  3. Tap OK to confirm the action.

Remove from Recent list

The Home view shows your most recently viewed files in chronological order. To remove files from the Recent file list:

  1. Tap overflowicon to the right of any file.

  2. Tap clearsigicon

  3. Tap Remove File to confirm the action.

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Clear the Recent list

To clear your entire Recent list:

  1. Tap Home.

  2. Tap overflowicon in the upper right.

  3. Tap Clear Recent.

  4. Tap Clear to confirm the action.

Saving files to the cloud

Cloud-based files are automatically saved to the cloud after you make a change. Local files must be uploaded by tapping savetocloudicon

To save a local file to the cloud:

  1. Go to your Files list.

  2. Tap On This Device.

  3. Tap overflowicon to the right of a file.

  4. tap savetocloudicon

Folder management

Acrobat supports folder management for Document Cloud and Dropbox.

From the Files > Document Cloud view, tap overflowicon to the right of any folder to rename or delete it.

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Rename folders

From the Files > Document Cloud view:

  1. Tap overflowicon

  2. Tap renameicon

  3. Enter a name.

  4. Tap Done.

Delete folders

From the Files > Document Cloud view:

  1. Tap overflowicon

  2. Tap deleteicon

  3. Tap OK to confirm the action.

Create a new folder

From the Files > Document Cloud view:

  1. Tap plusicon

  2. Tap newfoldericon

  3. Enter a folder name.

  4. Tap Done.