InDesign PDF export blank 0kB error [SOLVED]

Question. I am trying to export a large Adobe InDesign project as a PDF but I only get a 0kB blank PDF. 🙁 I have tried restarting and sometimes that helps but it is driving me crazy. How do I fix this InDesign error?

Answer. If your project is very large, your PDF may still be exporting in the background. Here is how to check:

  1. Start your PDF export
  2. Go to the menu item  Window->Utilities->Background Tasks
  3. Check the resulting list and see if your PDF is still in progress

Once the progress gets to 100%, you should have a nice completed PDF waiting for you wherever you set your save path 🙂 I hope this helps!

Background Tasks in Progress

The Background tasks menu location

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