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 (Admin, Adobe) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a freelancer, I often work on multiple projects at a time. Having each file open with setting as I closed it would be a big time saver for me. Time is money in my world. A lot of the features in previous iterations were time/money savers for me. I don't understand why they went away!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There even seems to be an option for this in preferences . . . but it does not work.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another suggestion: macOS does not need to restart when updating software (unless the macOS itself is updated). And if Windows is necessary, Parallels can run it as a Virtual Machine inside macOS.
        I used to run Windows for a very long time, but would never go back to it.
        However, I understand PDFelement may do the job under Windows.

      • Hale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really, I am sick of reopening all 15 tabs of every-day reference documents after every Windows Update reboot.

        The only reason I use Acrobat is the proprietary and non-standard encoding of documents by Adobe, like encoding of Japanese text. Such documents are never read correctly by 3rd party tools relying purely on open part of specifications.

        But Adobe software is becoming worse every year, and never improves.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Actually, I've given up on Adobe updating Acrobat DC. I purchased PDF Expert (on Mac).
        It can do ALL I want and much more !! Re-opening last session (tabs and windows) is the least.
        (eg., how about scrolling 2 .pdf docs side-by-side, and in sync.)

      • Nestor Albuquerque commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So far, 38 comments asking for the same feature to be implemented... Wondering here if SOME DAY would Acrobat indulge us with the courtesy of a reply ...

      • MJ Halligan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        seems like this feature was standard versions ago and would be simple to turn on considering the interest. Adobe, we acknowledge PDFs have changed the world forerver and for the good of your customers, please provide this functionality.
        Thank you.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've already given up on Acrobat, and purchased Nitro Pro instead. This "bug" is so annoying, and so frequent, that I just can't use Acrobat anymore.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see this work just like the browser does. The product reopens previous tabs.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When can this be done ?
        Windows update crashed my session forcing an unexpected hard restart so that the files that were high priority and open are now closed and to be hunted for...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Reopen tabs on startup" - was an option on the older stand-alone program and is still a must. I have several tabs for various projects open at once and it is inconvenient to save and click when I may need to shut down for a reboot or from the blue screen of death. The "recent" option only works if you click on save. If you open the document from Chrome for example and don't click on save, it won't appear in "recent"...per Adobe Tech Support.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's been over a year since this problem was first posted and nobody from Adobe seems to give a **** to even say they are looking into this basic feature which should be standard. Very poor customer service!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a standard feature in most other tools and like several people below have said, you have to reboot your computer and losing the PDFs is a major pain. I did find a website which offered some javascript to do this and it worked, but I would much prefer if it was a built-in feature.

      • Chojrak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        > So is anyone from Adobe even looking into this problem??????

        No, it's beyond their capabilities. More and more basic apps can do that, but not Acrobat nor Acrobat Reader.

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