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Community Beginner ,
Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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How do I remove the right hand pane (export pdf, create pdf, edit pdf, etc.) on Reader DC?  It takes up a quarter of my screen and I never use that stuff!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 15, 2015 Jul 15, 2015
The July 2015 Acrobat & Reader DC update introduced a UI change for the right-hand pane. Now when you launch Acrobat/Reader DC, it will retain the last state (collapsed or open) of the tools in the Right-Hand Pane. You can find more details on this pageAcrobat Help | New features summary.Edit: Just to clarify in Reader DC, it's a Preference located under Edit > Preferences > Documents "Open Tool pane for each document".

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 20, 2015 Nov 20, 2015

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Hello,

open Regedit and change this key from 1 to 0 :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]

"bExpandRHPInViewer"=dword:00000000

and this one from 0 to 1 :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]

"bRHPSticky"=dword:00000001


Hope this help!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 20, 2015 Nov 20, 2015

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Thank you!

This workaround will solve my problem.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 22, 2015 Nov 22, 2015

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Actually, just uncheck that box in "Edit preferences" - then when you open up another PDF,

--- click on the little arrow of the tool pane (half way down on the "left side" of the tools pane) - to collapse the tools pane. You can open it up again at will after that...

Next time you open docs in Adobe Reader aka DC (2015.009.20069), the tools pane will be closed.

Worked for me at any rate...

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New Here ,
Nov 26, 2015 Nov 26, 2015

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Very very bad design. It's one thing to close the stupid tools pane, but every time I try to scroll I land up opening the panel again because it's right by the scroll bar. It's obnoxious at best and affects me constantly. Please have people test the software before releasing it to the public. New version should improve the software, not push  a person to want to jump out of a building head first.

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Nov 26, 2015 Nov 26, 2015

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@Brad Smith - yep, makes us want to go and use things like other free PDF s/w or Cute PDF or .....

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2016 Jan 19, 2016

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i simply deleted Viewer.aapp since the right hand pane in Reader DC was useless anyway.

seems that adode recruited some children to design this hideous UI, even the huge icons on Tools are completely pathetic. the all thing looks like a bad conversion from an phone app.

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Apr 20, 2016 Apr 20, 2016

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Like many others, there is still sour in our mouths of Adobe treatment of its product users. Why force things like this down our throats when the user could easily find it when they need it! Wake up Adobe, see what's happened to Microsoft!

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New Here ,
May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016

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Good news. There is a global solution.

AS someone just stated earlier, in Reader DC, it's a Preference located under Edit > Preferences > Documents "Open Tool pane for each document".

Voila!!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016

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The "news" were first posted in this thread on July 15, 2015, so they are not so new...

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New Here ,
May 19, 2016 May 19, 2016

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it is truly unbelievable what a piece of garbage Adobe Reader is now.. 😕

(and I don't even about those moronic tablet-finger-menus here..) 😕

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May 19, 2016 May 19, 2016

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And how does your message relate with the removal of the right hand panel in Reader DC?

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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Great fix TMMCENTYRE!

Adobe, you should create a R&D division at your company. Obviously your research would have shown people want choices and they do not like this side bar. Yes, your product is free (and thank you for that!), and it is YOURS…but if you force changes like this, all I have to do is move to another product.

You have an overall good product, but I need my screen to NOT be filled with items that I do not use. If I want it, I will load the tool bar.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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Pity that you didn't read my message immediately above yours. No workaround is necessary if you are using the July 2015 version of the program, or any later one, because the problem was solved by Adobe.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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Locking this thread as it has a correctly marked solution and has gone off topic.

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