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I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro XI and when here's the prompt I'm initially presented with:

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I click on "Create PDF" and I get an "Open" dialog.

I figure maybe it'll create the PDF when it doesn't exist so I enter in a non-existent PDF and get a "File not found; Check the file name and try again" error.

Going to File -> Create says I can create PDF's from files, scanners, web pages, etc, but there's no option to let me create one from scratch. I guess I could create a blank page in Word, print that to a PDF and then open that but that seems like a rather indirect way. Is that really the only way to do this?

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Why would you want an empty PDF? Acrobat isn't designed to be an editor... – BobT Apr 25 '13 at 16:33
Like @BobT is saying, Acrobat is not meant to be an editor. It has limited capabilities (e.g. the Text TouchUp Tool), and the PDF format in general is not designed around editing. Perhaps this question would be better if you told us what you're trying to accomplish. – ernie Apr 25 '13 at 16:42
Create what from scratch? – Buscar웃 Apr 25 '13 at 17:04
Seems to me that Acrobat ought to give more descriptive names then of stuff. ie instead of Create PDF it ought to be Convert to PDF. @Buscar - a blank PDF page. – neubert Apr 26 '13 at 0:11

Before Acrobat X and later XI were released there was an option in the Acrobat menu to create a blank PDF. This option has now been moved to the Tools Pane under 'Pages > More Insert Options choose Insert Blank Page (Shift-Ctrl-Q or Shift-CMD-Q)'.

If you want to add the option to create a blank PDF back to the File menu then you can do that using a small JavaScript that that is available from here:

Creating blank PDFs in Acrobat

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Adobe is not an editor. It is used to create PDF files from other existing document formats. That is why it is opening the file dialog is asking you what document you want to create it from.

You create a PDF by converting other documents and resources to Portable Document Format.

Source - What’s the best way to create a PDF?

If you need help - Acrobat Help / Help and tutorials

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What I do is I have created a template.

From word document.

Then just open that template and save it as new pdf document.

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