How to Repair PDF File Using Acrobat? 2022 Adobe PDF Repair Tool

When your PDF file is not opening, it could be the application or the file itself corrupted or damaged. And don't worry if you are having this issue on your computer. Here we'll guide you to fully fix and repair PDF files using Adobe Acrobat for free or using PDF repair tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. For an easy PDF recovery and repair tool, take EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for a try.

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PDF, short for Portable Document Format, was developed by Adobe in 1990. The currently used PDF editor is the well-known Adobe Acrobat which serves people to edit, convert, and encrypt PDF files on both Windows and Mac computers. 

While serving people around the world, PDF users somehow came across multiple errors, such as PDF files won't open, PDF corrupted, or damaged. And we are here to guide you repair PDF files using Acrobat for free. Let's start.

Error: PDF Is Corrupted & Cannot Be Opened, What Is The Cause

"How can I open a corrupted PDF file for free? My PDF file won't open in Adobe Acrobat. Is there a way to fix a PDF file that won't open?"

PDF file not opening is a symptom that means the current file is corrupted or damaged. So what caused the file to corrupt? Check the list here:

PDF cannot be opened error

  • Adobe Acrobat application corrupted
  • Interrupted transfer of PDF file
  • PDF file corrupted while editing
  • Failed or incomplete download of PDF file
  • Improper app or system shutdown
  • Sudden power failure
  • Virus or malware infection

So can I open a corrupt or damaged pdf file for free? How do I fix a PDF file that won't open? Follow the next part and learn how to fix a corrupted PDF file with Adobe Acrobat on your own. 

How to PDF File Using Acrobat? Repair PDF with Adobe for Free

Here in this part, we collected all Adobe official solutions here and you can follow them one by one for help:

1. Update Adobe Reader/Adobe Acrobat

  • Launch Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader
  • Choose Help > Check for Update.

Update Adobe Acroba to fix corrupted PDF file

  • Follow the steps in the Updater window to install the latest updates.

Once done, open the PDF file to see if the problem gets resolved.

2. Download and Install Adobe PDF Editor - Acrobat

  • Go to the Adobe Reader or Acrobat download page.
  • Find the latest or a newer version, choose Install Now.

Install Adobe Acrobat to fix corrupted PDF file

  • Follow the installation guide to install a new edition on your computer.
  • Launch the new Adobe Acrobat and open the PDF file to see if you can view its content.

3. Find Corrupted PDF from Temporary File

  • Find the temporary folder of PDF files on your PC. The default path is: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\1X.0\AutoSave\
  • Find the PDF temporary file.
  • Launch Adobe Acrobat on your computer and open the PDF file.
  • When you see its content, save the PDF file as a new document.

Bonus Tips to Repair Corrupted/Damaged PDF Files 

If the above three methods don't work, it means that the problem is not in Adobe Acrobat. Follow the fixes in this part to see how to repair corrupted PDF files on your own.

#1. Download Adobe PDF Repair Tool

The most recommended method here for repairing the Adoble PDF file is turning to the Adobe PDF repair tool for help. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with its file repair feature enables you simply repair corrupted or unopenable PDF files during the recovery process.

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Step 1. Select a disk location where corrupt PDF files are saved. Click "Scan" to start finding the corrupt files and repairing.

select a location where damaged pdf store

Step 2. This program will run immediately to scan all over the selected drive to find lost and corrupted files as many as possible. Wait patiently, and you can use the "Filter" to quickly locate damaged pdf files that you're trying to repair.

scan for pdf files

Step 3. After scanning, double-click on a damaged PDF file, and the program will automatically repair the file. Then save the file to another safe location by clicking "Recover."

repair and recover corrupted files

#2. Try Another PDF Reader

Mostly, the PDF document won't open could be affected by a malfunctioning PDF reader. So you may try to change another PDF reader and re-open the PDF document to see if the issue gets resolved.

Here you may try PDF Editor, Adoble PDF Reader, Adoble Acrobat, etc. 

#3. Convert PDF File

Sometimes, converting the PDF file to another format like DOC, DOCX., Images, or text, etc., can fix the PDF file not opening issue. You can use a PDF converter or directly convert PDF to a new document file using Adobe Acrobat. 

PDF Files Are Important, Take Action to Protect Adobe PDF Files Now

On this page, we explained the basic causes of PDF file won't open error and offered multiple solutions to help you fix PDF file effectively.

When this error happens, we suggest you first try to open and repair the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat by updating or installing a new version. If nothing works, turn to a reliable PDF repair tool for help. Sometimes, converting the file to another format may also work. 

As PDF files are important, it's important you take action to protect your PDF files now. Here are some tips that you can try:

  • Back up PDF files regularly.
  • Update PDF editor or reader timely.
  • Make sure that the PDF downloading and transferring profess complete. 
  • Run antivirus tools or software regularly. 

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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