(2024) Fixed: PDF Number Is Out Of Range

The error "A number is out of range" happens because Acrobat doesn't understand data in your PDF. To fix it, use SignHouse or Adobe Distiller.
Last updated on:
April 08, 2024
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So you’re using Adobe Acrobat Reader, and…

  • You’re trying to view a PDF document;
  • Or delete a PDF page;
  • The document could not be saved: “A number is out of range while viewing PDF or deleting pages from a PDF”;

Let’s fix that.

Why Adobe PDF says a number is out of range

Adobe says that a PDF’s number is out of range because it misses data about the file. To fix it, ask the owner for a new copy, use Adobe Distiller to convert the PostScript file into a new PDF, or try an online repairer.

According to Adobe: The best way to repair the number out of range is to ask the original owner of the file for a new copy of the document — of course, that may not always work.

So then, your options are:

  1. The online way: Using a PDF repairing software like SignHouse;
  2. Adobe’s way: Using Adobe Distiller as a repairing tool.

How to fix a number out of range in PDF (online)

The quickest (and free) way to fix a PDF with numbers out of range is to upload it to SignHouse’s PDF repair tool. Wait 10 seconds, and download the working file.

To use SignHouse’s PDF repairing software:

  1. Upload the document (drag & drop below);
  2. Click the button to repair the broken file;
  3. Wait 10 seconds & Download it.
How to repair a PDF file

That’s how you fix a broken PDF and get rid of the “A number is out of range” error.

After doing this, you should have a properly-working PDF document.

If that doesn’t work, you can use Adobe Acrobat Distiller, but that’s going to be longer.

The next way is actually Adobe‘s method, though you need to have Acrobat Reader to fix your PDF’s number that’s out of range.

How to fix a number out of range in PDF (Adobe)

The “A number is out of range” error is encountered because Acrobat Reader misses data about a PDF. To fix it, you can either ask the PDF’s owner for a new copy or use Acrobat Distiller to convert the PostScript file into a new PDF.

We get it — things may sound a bit complicated, but we’re here to make it all clear:

  1. Open your file in Adobe Acrobat Reader;
  2. Go to “File”, and then “Export To”;
  3. Select “PostScript”;
  4. Rename the file that you’re going to download;
  5. Open the file you’ve just downloaded (with Acrobat);
  6. Acrobat will convert the file to PDF for you and save it in the same folder as the PostScript file;
  7. Notice the new PDF in the folder — it can now be used.

If your document could not be saved a number is out of range, now it should work.

Note: Adobe Acrobat Distiller is included with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, so you can’t download it separately.

Compared to Acrobat Reader, this app called Acrobat Distiller helps you convert PostScript to PDF — that’s how you save the PDF with the number out of range.

Why won’t my PDF save a number out of range?

If your PDF will still give the “number out of range” error after trying the online software and Adobe Distiller, your best bet is asking the owner for a new copy.

The PDF won’t save number out of range because there’s something wrong with the format and structure of the file. In more technical terms, your file is corrupted.

This is the end of the post. Thank you for reading our guide on why a PDF number is out of range and how to fix it!


Can I save a PDF when a number is out of range?

Yes, you can. To do so, you can either use SignHouse's PDF repairing feature in just one click, or you can attempt repairing it with Adobe's Acrobat Distiller tool.

How to fix a PDF Acrobat saying ” Document cannot be saved. A number is out of range.”?

To fix a document saying that a number is out of range, you can:

  1. Drag & Drop the file to SignHouse and repair it in just one click;
  2. Use Adobe Acrobat Distiller to generate a new copy of the file that'll repair it.

PDF Won’t Open. How can I fix it?

If your PDF file is not opening, it's most likely because you don't have a PDF reader. You can either use SignHouse's Free PDF Editing Tool, or you can download an app like Adobe Acrobat Reader (which is going to cost).

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