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    Asset export dialog does not have this option to export each file as a separate file it only has option on all artboards in one file, range of artboards or selected artboards in the dialog or the whole of document into one pdf file.
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    Jason Roberts commented  · 

    For anyone still having this issue, it is a problem with the PDF Preset you're using for exporting. It's not a "missing feature", but more like a hidden option that isn't clearly explained.

    Panthera Press already answered this below, back in 2019, but it seems people are still having the problem. Just to reiterate their point, here's the problem and solution:

    If the PDF Preset has "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" then it will essentially embed the entire Illustrator file, all artboards included, in the PDF.

    You need to change the PDF Preset that "Export for Screens..." is using. The option to change this is hidden behind a little settings/cog/gear icon found just above the right corner of the "Formats" area of the Export for Screens window.

    After clicking in this settings icon, navigate to PDF in the left column, then change the PDF Preset that's being used and click Save Settings. You MUST use a preset that you know for sure does not have the "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" selected.

    Unfortunately you cannot change the PDF settings manually here, only choose from presets. So, if you don't already have a suitable PDF preset you'll need to create one.

    To do this, go to Edit > Adobe PDF Presets > "+" icon, then name and set up your preset, making sure that "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" is not selected.

    Now go back to Export for Screens, and select your new custom PDF Preset in the Format Settings.

    The resulting PDFs should be single pages, without the entire Illustrator file embedded within.

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