Print as Adobe PDF and add additional pages to the saved PDF file.

My PC is set up to select "adobe PDF" as a printer. I select it as my printer when I wish to print ssomething as a PDF.

I can print a document as a .PDF file.  Now what I want to do is print a second file and and append it to my original .PDF.  At this point it asks me "do you want to replace the original pdf flle" but it does not allow me to append it to the original PDF file.

      Is there a seeting I must change in  properties that allows me to append to the original PDF file instead of havving to replace it?

Do I need to buy a special ADOBE printer driver to do this type of printing?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Lou DufresneIT Business Analyst CSM / Project ManagerAsked:
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Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVEConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Hi Ldufresne,
There's no way to have the Adobe PDF print driver append to a file, and there is no "special" Adobe print driver that you can buy to achieve this. But there's a relatively easy way to do what you want...not as nice as being able to append, but not too bad. When printing the second document, give it a different file name, but store it in the same folder. Then open Windows Explorer (or whatever file manager you prefer) in that folder, select the two files, right-click, and you will see a context menu with a choice that says [Combine supported files in Acrobat...]:
context menu combine filesSelect that and you will get this dialog (click image to enlarge):
Combine Files dialogClick the Combine Files button and you will have what you want. It will open the combined file in Acrobat and then you may do a Save As. Regards, Joe
Method 1: During editing in Adobe Acrobat, load and rearrange pages before printing.
Method 2: Just print it as a second file, and later add them together with free software like pdfsam
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can print 2 files (or more) and combine them with Adobe's built in tools. Nothing to buy. Open Adobe, File, Create, Combine files into a single PDF. It is two steps, but simple. I do this all the time.  This is similar to the above method.

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Lou DufresneIT Business Analyst CSM / Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for answering this question .

MY need was to determine if the Adobe printer application would allow me to make a PDF file and then append extra pages to it automatically.

Well  joewinograd provided me with the answer I needed, "No"  

Everyone provided me with alternate methods and they were very helpful but they do not meet my need when I have to do 20 or 30 printings per hour.

The application PDF Creator that I use at home does allow this and it is a very good application.

I can create a PDF with page one in it and simply add pages 2,3,4 to it by just printing directly to the same PDF file.

However, at my place of work they only use Adobe.

Again thank you for your assistance.

Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVEDeveloperCommented:
Thanks for the explanation – very helpful! One question for you. There are numerous products that go by the name PDF Creator. Which one are you using at home? Do you have a link to it? If not, what does its Help>About say? I'd like to take a look at the product. Thanks, Joe
Lou DufresneIT Business Analyst CSM / Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
   Actually, I am using DeskPDF 2.5 by Docudesk at I have been using this product for the last 4 years and I love it. They have more than one product.  I am not using the studio version.  There is a free down load version as a trial .

Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVEDeveloperCommented:
Thanks for the info! Cheers, Joe
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