Classic menu bar in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro

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May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019

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Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 had a menu bar with tool options.  Is there a way to have this same classic menu bar in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro?

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May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019

For better or worse, no. The vast majority of the user interface for Acrobat was changed after Acrobat 11, i.e., for Acrobat 2015 and DC. There is no mode for providing the old menus and interfaces. That having been said, the current version of Acrobat does allow for significant customization of the top tool bar.

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For better or worse, no. The vast majority of the user interface for Acrobat was changed after Acrobat 11, i.e., for Acrobat 2015 and DC. There is no mode for providing the old menus and interfaces. That having been said, the current version of Acrobat does allow for significant customization of the top tool bar.

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- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Thanks for the quick reply.  I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC ver 2019.010.20100.  Does this version have the option to customize the menu bar?

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As I previously replied, no, there is no such option. Tool bar yes, menu bar no!

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- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Apr 28, 2020 Apr 28, 2020

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This is an observation... After 28 years in IT as a software and hardware design engineer and the owner operator of at least three businesses (not IT oriented) this kind of radical change to the GUI is a thing I never understood. It is a needless design change that inpacts the businesses using the product in such a negative way it can not be easily measured. ANY GUI changes should be delivered as SKINS that allow for the user community to adopt at their own pace with only "truly new features" high lighted so they can be leveraged as needed and not found accidentally to create still another production loss/impact... I love and value the Adobe product as a business tool and expected better from your team.

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Apr 28, 2020 Apr 28, 2020

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As an addendum to my last post... the new format is relatively condusive to rapid adoption. The "NEW" highlight on new features is there, easy to spot and helpful... Once the user overcomes the initial shock of the new organization it goes quickly. New users should stop to open an existing document before drawing conclusions.  Was dissapointed my document history was not captured from the ADOBEPro 11 install.  Also, am still exploring but it looks like the same thing can be said of my CUSTOM TOOLSET definitions...  Please let me know if I have those last two observation right... Thanks

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Apr 28, 2020 Apr 28, 2020

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I agree completely. However, we should probably note that the design of Acrobat DC is the new normal, since it has been the only one available since 2015. Furthermore, there was a major redesign back in 10.0, which got rid of almost all the menus in favour of an entirely different arrangement of tools - so DC was a redesign of a redesign. When you jump 10 years in a product, for better or worse you can expect some relearning. Tip: in DC the least used and most useful tools feature is the search. Increasingly designers just stick stuff anywhere and expect people to use Search - look at Windows 10 itself...

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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I realize this is a two year old post, but I wanted to ring in and agree with the above post whole heartedly.  Using this approach allows for new, old and highly customizable GUI screens.

 

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Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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I use Acrobat PRO DC and I am hating it from the bottom of my heart! I'm wasting a lot of time looking for four stupid commands that were in a simple Arcobat 6 toolbar. The graphics are painful, the tabs have commands that I will never use ... I want the classic icons or an option that can make me work without losing productivity. I have full pockets of programmers who want to make me totally change my mentality. I don't get my salary from them. These scrambled programmers should be paid according to a user satisfaction score ... and then let's see how they work out

 

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Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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Uso Acrobat PRO DC e lo sto odiando da tutto il profondo del mio cuore! Sto sprecando tantissimo tempo nel cercare quattro stupidi comandi che stavano in una semplice toolbar di Arcobat 6. Fino alla rel XI PRO era ancora più che accettabile, ma ora la grafica è penosa, pocointuitiva, le schede riportano comandi che non userò mai... Rivoglio le icone classiche o una opzione che possa farmi lavorare senza perdere produttività. Ne ho piene le tasche di programmatori che voglioni farmi cambiare totalmente mentalità. Io non prendo lo stipendio da loro. Questi programmatori da strapazzo dovrebbero essere pagati secondo un punteggio di gradimento dell'utente... e poi vediamo come risolvono

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