Top new features and changes in December 2019 release of Acrobat DC
Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is the complete PDF solution for working with your most important documents across desktop, web, and mobile devices. Get the latest Acrobat update – on the Help menu, click Check for updates and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process.

Search content across files stored in Document Cloud

The search in Acrobat now includes the content of the file in addition to the filename for the files stored in the Document Cloud.

For Document Cloud files, search results include content and the filenames

Performance improvements

The following are the key performance improvements in this release:

  • Instant rendering of Recent files while switching tabs on the left rail or from the document tabs.
  • Creating a review link is now 30% faster.
  • Unified search is now 200% faster.
  • The download of Document Cloud files and Signature files is now 10 times faster.
  • Improved performance of background processes running when you launch Acrobat.
  • 15 top crash issues and more than 20 security vulnerabilities are fixed.

A new option in the PDF print settings to replace the existing PDF

When you print a document to PDF using the Adobe PDF printer, you can now choose whether you want to replace the existing PDF file having the same filename in the selected directory. By default, the Replace Existing PDF option is set to Always.

The Adobe PDF print settings dialog
Adobe PDF Printer > Properties > Adobe PDF Settings

To change the setting, set the Adobe PDF Output Folder to any folder, and then choose one of the options in the Replace Existing PDF drop-down list:

  • Always: The existing file is automatically replaced with the new file.
  • Ask Every time: You are prompted to enter a new filename and your permission is required before replacing the existing file.
  • Never: The new filename is suffixed with a number automatically.
Set the preference in Adobe PDF print settings dialog box

Sign out from Acrobat using your profile and settings menu

To sign out from Acrobat, click your profile picture (avatar) in the upper-right corner of Acrobat and then click Sign Out.

Sign out from Acrobat

Share files directly from the Windows Explorer context menu

When you right-click a file in Windows Explorer, you see a new Share Using Adobe Acrobat option to share files directly from the context menu.

  • In Windows Explorer, right-click the file and choose Share Using Adobe Acrobat.
Share using Adobe Acrobat


Adobe is testing this new PDF sharing experience on Windows. Therefore, the new experience may not be available to all Acrobat DC users.

Also, in the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer, the earlier Convert to Adobe PDF And Email option is now changed to Create And Share Adobe PDF.

Create and share Adobe PDF

Simplified messaging for optimizing PDFs

When you optimize one or more PDFs, the multiple progress bars that used to appear are now replaced with a single progress bar.

The progress bar when a single PDF is optimized
The progress bar when a single PDF is optimized
The progress bar when multiple PDFs are optimized
The progress bar when multiple PDFs are optimized

The edit text and images tool is available in the quick access toolbar

The Edit Text and Images tool is now added to the top toolbar for easy access.

Edit text and images in the quick access toolbar


If you have customized your quick tools, the Edit Text and Images tool will not be visible in the toolbar.

Enhance Scans tool is renamed to Scan and OCR

The Enhance Scans tool is now renamed to Scan & OCR to better portray and emphasize on OCR capabilities.

Simplified service conversion error message

Applicable to Acrobat DC on macOS

The Adobe Create PDF online service has a file size limitation of 100 MB. When you try to convert a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file larger than 100 MB, the error message that used to appear is now simplified for better context. The dialog box also provides an option to use the Acrobat local PDF converter instead.

Old error message
Old error message
New error message
New error message

Click Yes to use the Acrobat local PDF converter.

Open PDFs in Acrobat Reader from Google Chrome

A new floating Open in Acrobat button is displayed in Google Chrome when you open an online PDF. On clicking the button, the PDF is downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader.

Open in Acrobat message using Reader Chrome extension


Adobe is testing this feature. Therefore, the new experience may not be available to all Acrobat Reader users.


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