Can not save PDF files after editing? [Preview error fixed]

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  • Not being able to save your PDF file after editing can be related to not having the latest Adobe Acrobat version installed.
  • Changing the storage setting is usually a quick way to solve the error regarding the save of the edited PDF file.
  • Another simple and reliable way to fix the problem is by ensuring that the display settings are as indicated below, in our list of recommendations.
  • Running Adobe Acrobat with administrator rights can also solve any saving error related to the PDF file.
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Although Adobe Acrobat is widely used all over the world and has plenty of useful features, it is not without errors.

Users have complained about being unable to save their PDF files in Windows 10 after editing them, which is causing a lot of frustration.

When trying to save the file, users are getting the following Adobe Acrobat error message and although they follow the indications, the issue is still unresolved.

The document could not be saved. The file may be read-only, or another user may have it open. Please save the document with a different name or in a different folder.
An error was encountered when saving the document.

The reasons to why you can’t save the PDF file can be related to some missing updates or they can have something to do with Adobe Acrobat settings.

We will explore in this article a few quick and easy ways to solve this problem, so make sure to keep on reading.

How can I fix not being able to save PDF file after editing?

1. Download the latest Adobe Acrobat software version

Most of the issues concerning Adobe Acrobat have a lot to do with which version of the tool you are using.

As the program is constantly being improved and updated, with useful features, before performing any troubleshooting steps we would recommend that you check if you are using the latest available version.

If not, simply make sure to download it from the official website and allow for the update to install on your device.

Afterward restart your device and check if you can now save the pdf file without encountering any issues.

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2. Change the storage settings

  1. Open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Go to the Edit menu and select Preference.
  3. Choose the General option and uncheck the box for Show online storage when saving files.
  4. Click OK at the bottom to save the settings.

3. Modify the display settings

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat and go to the Edit menu.
  2. Next, go to Preferences, and from the left panel window select Internet.
  3. Uncheck the Display PDF in browser option.
  4. Click OK and restart Adobe Reader.

4. Run the program with admin rights

  1. Open the Run program and enter the following file path:
  2. C:/Program Files(x86)/Adobe/Acrobat Reader DC/Reader
  3. Locate and right-click on AcroRd32.exe.
  4. Go to Properties and click on the Compatibility tab.
  5. Check the box next to where it says Run this program as an administrator.
  6. Try launching Adobe Acrobat Reader DC again.

As you can see, if you can’t save your edited PDF, one of the above solutions should help you fix the problem in no time.

Please let us know in the comments section below which one has worked for you, we would love to hear it.