Feature request / Bug report

Reopen PDFs Launched in previous sessions on Opening Acrobat/Reader

A Prereference in Acrobat should be there which loads the last session of opened tabs/pdfs on relaunching. Also could provide options to save/load previous sessions.
This may be Important to the users who work on several pdfs at a time but wish to retain the opened docs in the next Acrobat session.
Also Session could be managed to retain even after machine restart and then launching acrobat.

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AdminAyush Jain (Software Engineer, Adobe) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
Implemented  ·  AdminAyush Jain (Software Engineer, Adobe) responded  · 


We are delighted to share with you that Acrobat and Reader Desktop release for DC Continuous (2019.012.20034) is Live now and this Takes care of the Feature Request to Reopen Previously closed Tabs and Restore Previous Session.

More Info Here : https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/whats-new.html

Please update your Acrobat (It should Auto update or you should do Help → Check for updates) and let us know your Feedback.

Ayush Jain


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  • Judith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I thought I might add that I have never seen the pop-up window others have mentioned. I use Windows 10 so that might be the reason. I don't know.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any way to disable this feature? It is opening that window asking if you want to restore your last session intermittently no matter how you close adobe. It is an annoyance to users of mine who open and close adobe 100s of times per day and they have to stop and click to close that little blue window every time they open a new invoice or other adobe document.


    Tim Potteiger
    iT Admin

  • Merle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No updates available. i have the latest and the problem persists.

  • John ODonnell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you wanted to make it simple for some users to re-open last session files, that's fine, but before implementation, try field testing first. Users like myself rarely need to use this feature, and the pop-up "Re-open closed PDF's..." every time I open Acrobat is super annoying, and it doesn't even work. If I click on the "Restore" button, the message goes away without restoring my last session. Why??? Can you please eliminate this pop-up or can I revert to the previous version?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    how do I keep this message from coming up all the time, don't need this in my way

  • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is also affecting me (2019.012.20034) - despite closing Acrobat properly, the "Restore previous files" notification often appears. It's not always.

    I very rarely actually want to do this, so an option to turn it off would be very welcome. That way, everyone can get the experience that they want.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ayush. I do have that version you listed but I still get the Reopen closed PDFs box. How do we remove this??

  • Shelley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am having the same issue as Phill and Debbie. This is driving me nuts because the notification covers a number that I need to see in the upper right corner. As Phill said, this is EVERY time I open a PDF. PLEASE give us a way to turn this off.

  • Phill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Users in our organization are experiencing the exact same issue as Debbie when opening PDFs from our document software. Also, when the user clicks "Restore" on the "Reopen closed PDFs" notification, it just errors out because the document no longer exists in the same location as when it was first opened. We need a way to turn off this notification. It comes up EVERY time Adobe Reader DC is opened.

  • Debbie Rivera commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have a software that scans invoices and indexes them using Adobe Reader DC. We took this update and now every time the software closes the PDF it gives a message that it was closed abruptly and do you want to restore. We have to close the message down to continue. Is there a way to turn this off??

  • Judith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It didn't work! The only tabs which restored were the ones for the files saved on my computer. The tabs for the files I downloaded were not restored at all. I hope you can fix this!

  • Dean Atwood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for the heads up. I actually got notified from AR yesterday and the software got updated with the latest release.
    I was anxious to try out this new function and it worked for me. Wished I had it long ago.
    It’s not exactly what I was picturing, i.e. an option the user could toggle on or off (in Preferences) to have documents from the previous session automatically opened, but just being able to it even do it manually is good !!

  • Saket S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It doesn't reopen by default, we have to click on re-open PDF's from previous session option from File menu, which is good enough .

    Just asking if there is a way to enable it by default.

  • Richard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I heard from unconfirmed source that adobe acrobat is not capable to do this never ever due to their existing code algorithm causes lots of problems when they have tried to bring this future in their tests and requires maybe years and years utilization. Although it is unconfirmed and so maybe unreliable, I started to believe that it is true over years and years asking by users.

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