Monday, July 13, 2015

Disable annoying Tools panel in new Adobe Acrobat DC

Somebody clever at Adobe forums has found an easy way to disable the annoying Tools panel in the new Acrobat Reader. The product, btw, is now called Adobe Acrobat DC and offers some neat cloud integration so that you can see your documents across different devices. This probably means that any file you open goes to the cloud so beware when opening confidential documents.

The solution, in brief, is:
Go to the install directory, i.e." C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU". Create a new subfolder (I used "Disabled"). Move 3 files from the "ENU" folder into the new "Disabled" folder: AppCenter_R.aapp & Home.aapp & Viewer.aapp. Open a PDF and no more Tool Pane!  I originally moved just the "Viewer" file but if you clicked on "Home" or "Tools" on the toolbar you couldn't go back to the "Document." Moving all 3 files takes care of that issue.

On a positive note, the new Reader is very fast when opening documents and is a welcome upgrade to the previous version.
Android version, on the other hand, takes a bit longer to start.

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