Adobe Acrobat DC, how to remove edits from output PDF

I am a subscriber of Adobe Creative Suite. Recently, they had a major update on Adobe Acrobat (now called Adobe Acrobat DC) which drastically altered the PDF files I output from Word 2013.

I create a lot of Word 2013 documents and then create PDF files out of them. It used to be that the generated PDF would contain exactly what I'd see in my Word document. But now, ever since the abovementioned major update, the generated PDF would contain edits. For example, if I had just replaced one word in my Word document, the output PDF would contain the OLD word but with strikethrough, and the new word that replaced it, along with notes on who modified it. I am the sole user of my PDF documents, and I do not want the output PDF to look like this.

Does anyone know how to rectify this? I just want PDFs generated through Word 2013 to contain what I would see in the Word document the way it used to. No stricken through text, no edits, no notes on who edited it, etc.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am using Adobe Acrobat V2015 (DC) with Word 2013 on Windows 8.1 Pro. I uninstalled Adobe Acrobat V11 first.

So long as I save my Word document (I always do save first) and so long at it is clean (no strikeouts, etc.) then the resulting Adobe PDF is completely clean and accurate. This was true the same way with Adobe V11 and the results are the same with V2015 (DC).

Can you try the above?
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Accept all changes, disable Track changes, save.

Then export and it should be clean.


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elepilAuthor Commented:
To John Hurst. Thank you for responding.

The steps you enumerated are the steps I went through. I had to reinstall my Windows 7 OS and installed Office 365 first (which has Word 2013). Then I installed Adobe Creative Suite (which has Adobe Acrobat DC).

I do save my Word document first before creating the PDF. Besides, I have no choice because I will be prompted to save first before the PDF conversion is made.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You have a clean install and you have a clean Word document and Adobe shows you the wrong thing?  True?

Make sure all Windows Updates are done (SP1 and all patches). Also do recommended updates there are many including .NET Framework.  It may be the lack of patches causing issues.
elepilAuthor Commented:
To Dan Craciun. Thanks for responding.

What do you mean Accept all changes? Where am I supposed to do this, in Word or the PDF? In either case, I see no button or option that allows me to do that.

When you said "Disable Track Changes", that seems to be the solution, but where do I do that? In Word or Acrobat DC?

Word 2013 even comes up with a vertical red bar on the left margin now, something that never happened. It's beginning to seem to me like the culprit is Word 2013 since it is responsible for retaining deleted text and presenting them as strikethrough text.
elepilAuthor Commented:
John Hurst,

I did do all the updates, had to wait 6 hours for everything to complete BEFORE I installed Word and Adobe.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What you have is NOT normal. Adobe Acrobat DC works fine with Word for me. I am not sure what to say, but you might try the following:

1. Office: Go to Control Panel, Programs and Features, click on Office and do a FULL repair.


2. Go to Adobe, Help and Repair Adobe.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also, make sure both Adobe and Office are both 32-bit versions.
elepilAuthor Commented:
It was Dan Craciun's response that led me to the solution when he mentioned the phrase "Track Changes", although it could've been more accurate because Dan didn't tell me which application he was referring to, i.e., Word or Adobe Acrobat, nor did he mention the steps to the solution. Hence only a B.

The solution was to go to Word 2013's Review tab. There will be a Changes section with two buttons -- Accept and Reject. Clicking either brings up a dropdown, and picking "Accept All Changes and Stop Tracking" resolves the issue.

Thank you all for responding.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am glad you got this fixed. I assumed you knew about Tracking Changes (you have to use them for change to be ON), No matter, because the important thing is that it is fixed. Good luck going forward.
elepilAuthor Commented:
I've never encountered Track Changes before because I have never had any need for it. The fact that it is ON when I installed Office 365 puzzles me. Anyway, I now know of this feature's existence, and more importantly, how to disable it.
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