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How do I remove the bar containing "this file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard" from the top of my document in Adobe Acrobat Reader as it wastes space?

New Here ,
Apr 17, 2019 Apr 17, 2019

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Hi, in Adobe Acrobat Reader there is a message bar across the top of my screen saying "this file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard and has been opened read-only to prevent modification". But there's no close button on the bar. How do I dismiss it? 

This app is already wasting so much screen space with the title text, then a menu bar, then another tab bar, then ANOTHER menu bar, then this message too. It's ridiculous.

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Community Expert , Apr 17, 2019 Apr 17, 2019

Try this: Under Edit - Preferences - Documents, change the "View documents in PDF/A mode" to "Never".

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Apr 17, 2019 Apr 17, 2019

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Try this: Under Edit - Preferences - Documents, change the "View documents in PDF/A mode" to "Never".

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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Excellent tip!!! Compliance with the PDF/A standard is what has been preventing me from redacting documents. – And I don't remember ever setting that. Thank you!!

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Aug 13, 2023 Aug 13, 2023

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Excellent tip!!! Compliance with the PDF/A standard is what has been preventing me from redacting documents. – And I don't remember ever setting that. Thank you!!


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It's on by default, as editing a PDF/A file invalidates it, so that it is no more conforming to this standard.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Aug 13, 2023 Aug 13, 2023

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This is not a correct answer. That disables PDF/A mode not the banner. The way it looks, it's a "danger! danger!" warning that PDF/A mode is *BAD*. It's not. Warning people that they can't edit when -- surprise! -- most people don't edit PDFs in Acrobat Reader is dumb.

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Aug 13, 2023 Aug 13, 2023

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It gets rid of the banner and allows editing. So it probably made, what the OP wanted to do.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Sep 11, 2023 Sep 11, 2023

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It worked to me. The banner just disappear. 

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May 31, 2023 May 31, 2023

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You show the desired part with a Screenshot; I couldn't find it. Why does the page show for me (waiting for the page to load attached)?

How can I save the signature in the Tool section?

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