May 13 2015

Turn off Tools Pane in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

I was frustrated with the Tools Pane being displayed every time I opened Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.  Surprisingly, there is no option/preference within the application to permanently turn this off.  Here is a nice trick to get the Tools Pane to not be displayed at all:

  1. Go to the install directory and head to the AcroApp\ENU subfolder, usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU”.
  2. Create a new subfolder, the name doesn’t matter – for example “Disabled”
  3. Move the following 3 files from the “ENU” folder into the new “Disabled” folder: AppCenter_R.aapp, Home.aapp & Viewer.aapp
  4. Open a Adobe Acrobat Reader and the Tool Pane is no more!

If you are doing looking to customize Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for a mass deployment, it is recommended to use the customization tool rather than a hack like this – see



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