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Prevent Acrobat from installing Office add-ins?

Community Beginner ,
Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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I would like to permanently prevent Acrobat from installing add-ins for Microsoft 365 applications.

Acrobat installs add-ins for Excel, PowerPoint, and Word in ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Startup. It doesn't ask for permission to do this and there is no option to stop it from happening.

I can turn the add-ins off from within the Microsoft applications but they turn back on when I relaunch the applications. I can delete them from the Startup folder where Acrobat places them but Acrobat just replaces them. Has anyone figured out a way to permanently stop Acrobat from doing this?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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(I am, obviously, talking about Acrobat for Macintosh.)

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Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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Until now, I haven't bothered. What is tge issue with those?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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The issue? Can't speak for OP, but for me, it's bloat.

 

It happens in the Microsoft versions, too. Very annoying!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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I use the Windows version, but suspect there's a similar fix for Mac. There is a file, AcroPro.msi, that is in a subfolder in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Setup Files. Running it allows me to turn off all the Office add-ins in one shot.

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Feb 19, 2024 Feb 19, 2024

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@PhilCaskey Yes! Thank you!!!! My AcroPro.msi was in a different location ("C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\Setup Files\{AC76BA86-1033-FFFF-7760-BC15014EA700}\AcroPro.msi"), but that seems to have done the trick (at least for now... we'll see what happens when the next update rolls around).

 

For others who want to remove the PDFMaker Add-Ins, here are the steps I followed:

  • Find AcroPro.msi and run it.
  • Choose Modify.
  • Select Create Adobe PDF and choose This feature will not be available.
  • Select Acrobat DistillerAdditional PDFMakers and choose This feature will not be available.
  • Click Install.
  • Reboot when installer finishes.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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If you're on a Mac the only solution I've found is to set up a Folder
Action to monitor one of the three folders where the add-on gets installed.
It's pretty straightforward and you can search online for instructions.
Basically, you use functionality that's built in to macOS to monitor a
folder and to give you a notification if anything gets added to that
folder. Every once in a while, Adobe will reinstall the add-ins, you'll get
a notification, and then you just go to the three folders where they get
added and manually delete them. It's not a permanent solution but it pretty
much just requires about 15-30 seconds of your time every few weeks when
the add-ins get reinstalled.

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Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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My other system had the AcroPro.msi file in the same place that @PhilCaskey did ("C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Setup Files\{AC76BA86-1033-FFFF-7760-0C0F074E4100}\AcroPro.msi"), and the installer actually looked a little different. In case my previous screenshots don't match your install, this might be what you're looking for:

 

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