How Do I Configure AR to Retain Print Settings and Also Get Rid of Hide Task Panes

New Here ,
May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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My current version is Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (v 20.006.20042.43423).

 

I work for a very large orginization that has AR loaded on all machines. Within a very, very tiny subset of that company is where I reside. My mgt team has requested that I try to find a solution to do the following for a specific group of PDFs in a folder:

  • Remove both the left and right task panes (hide them)
  • Configure so that the defaults for printing are 11x17 and landscape (currently they're 8.5x11 and portrait).

 

I've done many searches for these, and the pane suppression seams logical. One option is to hide the panes, then click Edit\Preferences\Documents and then check the box for “Restore last view settings when reopening documents.” However, upon reopening, these do not stick. 

 

Other findings online stated to do any of the following for the panes:

  • Click "Hide Navigation Pane Buttons" (doesn't work)
  • Uncheck the box for "Remember current state of Tools Pane" (doesn't work)
  • Potentially have the "creator" of the PDF recreate with these settings (not practical due to number of PDFs we have)
  • Perform a registry hack (not advisable and would also have to be performed on a lot of PCs)
  • Leverage the Wizard (maybe feasible but would have to have mitigated by cybersecurity and have a package created by another group in corporate; additionally, might be overwritten with a new update from Adobe.)

 

So, there it is. This is my issue, and I'm seeking help. Any thoughts?

 

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New Here ,
May 21, 2021 May 21, 2021

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Ayemac did you ever find a solution for this?

 

We are facing the same issue a year later...

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2021 May 21, 2021

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Well, default print size is a property of the printer, set in the printers control panel. It's not a property held in the app, or in a PDF.

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New Here ,
May 23, 2021 May 23, 2021

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Hi Test Screen Name,

 

I was referring more to Ayemac's second question about hiding the side panes.

 

Have you had any luck doing this?

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New Here ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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No, unfortunately. I've just advised users to live with it. You'd think something so trivial could be adjustable by Adobe, but no. 

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May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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Hi Ayemac,

 

I have just received this link from a member of Adobe Support and it looks like you can hide the tools pane at the very least with the registry, so that's a start!

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/how-to-permanently-close-the-tools-pane-in-adobe-acrobat-dc.html

To permanently hide the RHP in Adobe Acrobat DC, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC\AVGeneral].
  3. By default, bExpandRHPinViewer is already present at this location change its value to 0.

To do the same for Acrobat Reader DC, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral].
  3. By default, bExpandRHPinViewer is already present at this location change its value to 0​.

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New Here ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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You'll also need to set these to keys in the same location if you want it to persist between sessions.

(This is the same as ticking the checkbox to "Remember current state of Tools pane")

Values listed below:

 

aDefaultRHPViewMode_L = Collapsed

bExpandRHPInViewer = 0

bRHPSticky = 1

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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Excellent! Thank you. I wonder why they didn't share this info with me a year ago...   : o)

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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Honestly, I think it's just luck of the draw. 

 

You gotta just keep hammering their support team until you get someone decent...

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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Hi Ayemac,

 

The other useful registry key is this one:

 

Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\<Application>\<Version>\RememberedViews
DWORD: iRememberView
Value: 2

 

AOD5C71_0-1622587912233.png

 

Unfortunately, the left-hand pane state can be overridden by the pdf creator, so the setting would have to be "Page Only", otherwise you'll get the attachments, bookmarks etc panes opening:

 

AOD5C71_1-1622588142665.png

 

 

There is a feature request here that can be upvoted and a business case made for allowing users to set the preference to have the left-hand pane hidden on startup regardless of that setting here:

https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/32759500-to-hide...

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