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Remove Acrobat from my ribbon in Word for Windows 10?

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Apr 22, 2019

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How do I remove Acrobat from my ribbon in Word for Windows 10?  I didn't ask for it to be installed, but Adobe apparently thinks it knows more about what I want then I do.  It is rather useless as I can generate a pdf without using it.  It takes up valuable real estate on my ribbon.

Any help on this subject would be appreciated.

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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

In Word, File > Options > Add-Ins,

At the bottom of the Word Options dialogue box, select Manage "COM Add-ins", click Go.

In the COM Add-ins screen which pops up, uncheck Acrobat to disable the Add-in. Click OK.

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Remove Acrobat from my ribbon in Word for Windows 10?

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How do I remove Acrobat from my ribbon in Word for Windows 10?  I didn't ask for it to be installed, but Adobe apparently thinks it knows more about what I want then I do.  It is rather useless as I can generate a pdf without using it.  It takes up valuable real estate on my ribbon.

Any help on this subject would be appreciated.

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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

In Word, File > Options > Add-Ins,

At the bottom of the Word Options dialogue box, select Manage "COM Add-ins", click Go.

In the COM Add-ins screen which pops up, uncheck Acrobat to disable the Add-in. Click OK.

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In Word, File > Options > Add-Ins,

At the bottom of the Word Options dialogue box, select Manage "COM Add-ins", click Go.

In the COM Add-ins screen which pops up, uncheck Acrobat to disable the Add-in. Click OK.

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This solved my problem. Thank you.

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Bear in mind that if you disable the add in you will no longer have Adobe PDF creation for Word documents in other ways.

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Apr 23, 2019

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RMB->Customize the Ribbon

If, however, you want to remove the plug-in, proceed as indicated here: 11 hours ago​!

You can create a PDF without using it, but the PDF created via the plug-in keeps some of the Word formatting features (hyperlinks, TOC links, bookmarks, ...) that get otherwise lost.

You can test if "Save as PDF" from Word will keep those features.

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Got it, Thx.

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I've been having trouble with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat, and don't want it connected with Word at all. I followed the instructions from @John Waller, which removed the ribbon option, but my saved PDF still opened in Acrobat Pro, and I think Word still used Acrobat to convert to PDF. Does anyone know how I can go back to saving Word docs as Microsoft PDFs? (Like how people without Acrobat save to PDFs and can view it in IE (or preview on a Mac)? I really, really, want to avoid a formatting error I'm having with my version of Acrobat. Thank you!

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