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C wrote at 2006-09-26 21:50:48
I'm using Acrobat 7 for Mac, and I get exactly the same problem as Devra.  I'm not sure whether the order is random but it certainly isn't ordered by alphanumeric order.  I think it might order by the date and time the file was created or modified.  I tried using a utility program to reset the creation and modified dates of the files to all the same time, but that didn't help either.  Perhaps there is some other characteristic of the files that Acrobat is using to sort how it adds files.

ivo wrote at 2006-11-06 07:10:34
This is how I *randomly* stumbled on a fix for this problem. I am using Acrobat 5 on a MacOS. Go to Preferences>General>Options and DE-select "Use logical page numbers" under "Miscellaneous". I don't know what in the world's name is wrong with Adobe, but THAT seemed to fix it! The pages are all inserting in the order they are supposed to - page1.pdf before page2.pdf etc etc.

This is quite illogical indeed.

Betsy wrote at 2007-01-04 16:18:10
I've had the exact same problem and haven't been able to get Justin's solution to work.  Even if they are alphabetized, it still reverses the order.  However, you can do it another way.  Using file/create pdf/from multiple files you can see the order the files are going to be in (and control it!)


Mike wrote at 2008-01-17 22:10:59
I have the same problem with Acrobat Professional Version 7, so apparently this problem has been around a long time and I'm surprised Adobe has not addressed it or added a feature to sort internally.  

Bill wrote at 2009-09-25 17:00:54
THANK YOU BETSY!!  This is the perfect solution (outside of Adobe finally making it work logically by default).

This method works exactly as she explained in all versions of Pro up through 8.  In Acrobat Pro 9, it's basically the same, except it's now File>Create PDF>Merge Files into a Single PDF...

Rob wrote at 2009-12-01 21:43:32
Betsy, that is a great way. Another is to use the insert option and reverse the sort through the view option. Document > Insert Pages > View Menu > Details > Name and reverse the order. Z to A.

A wrote at 2011-06-29 18:02:14
I have Adobe Acrobat Pro and i have not been able to get this to work, even when using the "create PDF" or "reverse order" method. i think my version is not the same as these are not even options. Its very frustrating when i have to merge some 100+ sheets one by one.

Thanks for nothing Adobe!

Bob Hawker wrote at 2015-08-07 00:00:54
Try making sure you have no PDFs open when you're doing it. I was having the same problem but once I closed everything and just had bare adobe open it worked find.

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I have a full working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 - 7.01. I have experience in creating interactive PDFs, embedding multimedia, web-based forms, creating presentations using PDF, advanced prepress preparation, PDF web optimization, color management, and using PDF as a soft-proofing tool. I do not have a lot of experience using Acrobat`s advanced Javascripting features, though a lot of custom functionality can be built into a PDF this way.


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