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How do I turn turn off the right pane in Adobe Reader XI?

Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2013

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I have been using Adobe Reader since 2007, and recently I have been unable to turn off the right pane while reading. If anyone knows how I can deal with this problem, I would really appreciate it.

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Don Randall

Go to Edit > Preferences and under "Documents" section, uncheck "Open tools pane for each document"

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How do I turn turn off the right pane in Adobe Reader XI?

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May 26, 2013

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I have been using Adobe Reader since 2007, and recently I have been unable to turn off the right pane while reading. If anyone knows how I can deal with this problem, I would really appreciate it.

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Don Randall

Go to Edit > Preferences and under "Documents" section, uncheck "Open tools pane for each document"

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2013

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Hi Don,

Your question is not about FormsCentral. I tried Reader XI on my win7 machine, and the right pane could be turned off by clicking the name. Please try it on your machine, and if it's not working for you, please post the discussion in Adobe Reader's forums:

http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums

Kind regards,

Shiyao Bao

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May 27, 2013

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Hi Shiyao,

Thanks for the information. I discovered that all I had to do is click on "Tools" to turn off the right pane. And I could also turn the right pane back on by clicking on Tools. So it's a toggle switch allowing users to convert a PDF to Word and vice versa. I must have switched this feature on, not realizing the Tools button is a toggle switch.

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Don Randall

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Dec 12, 2013

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Wow!  So simple, but even a dummy like me could not figure it out.  Now it seems so obvious.  Thanks for posting.  That has been thorn in my side for a while.

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Jan 17, 2014

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Thank god for search engines -

This was not intuitive at all. Note to UI designers -

I hunted all over the 'View' menu thinking there was an option to remove that panel - why there? Um, that is where EVERY other product puts this option to show/hide tool pallets. I went through and enabled/disabled just about everything to try to get the items to disappear.

Are you aware designers that each of the 'tool' panel items has a unique option setting nested in the view options under 'tools' but when you enable/disable they still remain viewable in the right tool panel?


Completely unintuitive. This was a fail - thx for the time wasted. So glad I found this article.

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May 30, 2014

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I could not agree more! No one in my office could figure it out either... Poor design.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 16, 2015

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cfichter was right on with their statement that this wasn't intuitive at all.

  • First off, there was no option (I could see of) in 'View' to enable/disable that. Oh wait, it was 'View | Tools' and it wasn't checked when Tools was expanded.
  • Second off, 'TOOLS' was solid black when it was expanded. Of course, to us Internetizens, solid black text is something that ISN'T clickable.

While I'm at it, the Adobe Reader directory structure on my computer is about 172MB. If that's not horrendous code bloat, I don't know what is.

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Jun 24, 2014

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If you hit TOOLS it will disappear!   

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Jul 01, 2014

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Click the Tools Button on the Tool Bar under the Menu Bar. (Above Right Panel)

(tools in View menu bar does not work.)

I overlooked the Tools Button because I gave up looking when I found the tools option under the View menu. Then it suddenly popped out at me. duhhh me it's right on top of the Right Panel. ha

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Oct 31, 2014

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In windows use F8 key to hide and show complete toolbar and right hand pane.

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Nov 21, 2014

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The original question has been answered; the Tools pane can be turned off by clicking on "Tools". However, I don't think that's the end of the matter.  I've uninstalled Reader XI and gone back to Reader X, because - ludicrously - there is no way short of configuring with Adobe Customisation Wizard (intended for corporate admins) to have Reader XI open by default with the Tools pane minimised.  This makes no sense, IMHO; the clue is in the name, "Adobe Reader".  I use it to READ documents; I use the tools once in a blue moon.  So for every document, I found myself opening it, waiting for the Tools pane to stabilise, then closing it.  This is plain nuts; second-guessing what the user will want to do, and taking a chunk out of valuable screen space to do so.  Roll on version XII, when this pointless default will hopefully be removed, or at least configurable.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 19, 2015

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How To Turn Off The Right Pane

To stop the "Tools|Comments" sidebar from automatically opening every time you open a PDF so that you can view your PDF in full screen, this solution worked for me on both my desktop PC and laptop.

 

 

This is the solution:

 

 

Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services (for win7 64-bit) or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services (for win7 32-bit)

 

 

Find and Delete these 2 files: DEXShare.spi and DEXEchoSign.spi

 

 

Yes, you will still see the word "Tools| Comments" at the top but at least your PDFs will open in full screen and you won't have to click "Tools" to hide that stupid sidebar every time you open a PDF.

 

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Apr 23, 2015

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I don't have these files on my system. Any other suggestions? It's UNBELIEVABLY annoying to see the Tool Pane EVERY time I open a PDF.

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Aug 01, 2017

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The below as instructed by worked perfectly

To stop the "Tools|Comments" sidebar from automatically opening every time you open a PDF so that you can view your PDF in full screen, this solution worked for me on both my desktop PC and laptop.

This is the solution:

Go to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services (for win7 64-bit)

or

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services (for win7 32-bit)

Find and Delete these 2 files: DEXShare.spi and DEXEchoSign.spi

Once I did that, the Tools/Comments/ sidebar does not come up when I start any Adobe Reader document.

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