Hiding the tool bar / showing page thumbnails by default

Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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Hi there

Does anyone know how can the right side tool bar be hidden by default on Acrobat DC?

Likewise, how can the page thumbnails show up everytime a PDF is opened?

Many thanks

Gil

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Adobe Employee , Jul 16, 2015 Jul 16, 2015
Hi all,The right side panel behavior has been fixed in the DC update that was released on 14th July (Release Notes). If you close the panel once, Acrobat will now remember that and will not auto-open it.For Adobe Reader, go to Edit > Preferences (or press Ctrl+K) and under “Documents” section, uncheck “Open tools pane for each document”.   Launch Reader   Uncheck this preference   Collapse the RHP   And relaunch Reader  =>> Now RHP will appear as collapsed for every docHope this helps. Thanks,...

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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I'd also like to know about the Thumbnail problem - it seems every time a new Reader is out the PDF thumbnails don't show up - the previous methods don't work anymore either!

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Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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I would also like to know how to disable the side bar (I presume this is a tool bar?).  It is annoying as heck to have this stupid thing open all the time.  I cannot find a preference to hide it automatically.  I don't want it open every time I open a PDF.

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Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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To close the tools pane on the right, just shift + f4.

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Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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laurlie1983, it wokrs, but the next PDF you open you have to repeat the operation.

I don't want to see the tool bar by DEFAULT, that was the initial query.

There might be a away of making all PDFs to open without showing this busy bar.

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New Here ,
Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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But that only does it for that document.  I don't want the side bar to

display at all, any time I open a document.  There should be a preference

to permanently hide the side bar.

Thank you,

Jeremy

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    New Here ,
    Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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    Adobe just WILL NOT do this. EVER. I've been messing with it for years. A few times I was able to delete files in the program folder and get these to disappear but EVERY version has some new problem with the defaults. I don't need the tools section, I only use it as a READER like the name says. Also it never keeps the proper save location. I have to navigate to my specific folder every time.

    This is just the way Adobe does business. Make stuff inconvenient. Watch people complain about it for years. Act like they dont see it. Never allow people to do simple things that Windows 98 was capable of doing. How hard can it be to save defaults when you close a file? Or even maybe just put a menu item that says Save settings as default. EVERY current program used in business has this capability because everyone uses things differently. Its like Microsoft office forcing you to use the Paperclip guy by default.....get with the times. Its 2015 here folks. Uggh.

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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    Add my two cents here.

    If I remember correctly, the last version of the Reader simply could save the settings.

    I don't mind if you don't add new features, but why would you cut the features that the old versions have? Driven the users away?

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    New Here ,
    Apr 17, 2015 Apr 17, 2015

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    Chatted with customer support and confirmed it is impossible to reconfigure default layout. (Arrhg! Annoyed!) Those folks who really missing the feature, please submit feature/enhancement request here: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform


    Below is what I posted already, feel free to re-use/re-cycle

    *******Enhancement / FMR*********

    Brief title for your desired feature: Interface layout is not customizable (i.e. Tools panel is always visible while Navigation pane is always hidden)

    How would you like the feature to work?

    1. User must be able to customize the interface so the Tools panel is hidden and /or navigation pane visible by DEFAULT

    Why is this feature important to you?

    1. Display space is cluttered by Tools panel

    2. Tools panel is less functional/less frequently used than Navigation panel

    3. Time/speed: I lose time collapsing Tools panel and opening Navigation panel every time a document is opened

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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    I searched, scoured the web for a solution or a workaround for this. I specifically use Adobe Acrobat because I need a few of the features it uses. Mainly the export feature and the ability to properly focus images on zoomed out pdfs. I even tried reverting to an older version of adobe reader, but it doesn't have the export feature. If you don't need that feature, reverting to the older version allows you to hide the panes successfully. Me on the other hand I'll keep on searching but Please let me know if anyone finds an actual solution.

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    LEGEND ,
    Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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    As noticed, it can't be done in the new version but they are aware of the issue and will hopefully fix it in an update.

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    LEGEND ,
    Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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    @GilGoncalves

    RE: "Likewise, how can the page thumbnails show up everytime a PDF is opened?"

    Not with Adobe Reader. Yes with Acrobat. Open a PDF with Acrobat. Open the PDF's Document Properties.
    Select the Initial View tab.  Configure as desired. Close out of dialogs. Save As for the PDF.

    For many PDFs; again, use Acrobat run an Action (you build) to process the many PDFs.


    Be well...

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    Participant ,
    Feb 10, 2017 Feb 10, 2017

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    @Gil UR, ashumittal​, CtDave​:

    So, with Adobe Reader for Mac, there's no way to make the Page thumbnail display always show up on the left side anymore? Is there a keyboard shortcut or a Menu option that I need to go to to make it show up when I launch Adobe Reader?

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    Adobe Employee ,
    Feb 13, 2017 Feb 13, 2017

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    Hi KazuT ,

    If you want the Page thumbnails Panel to always show up in the Left hand Panel, This is how you can try this out:

    1) Launch any PDF and Expand the Page Thumbnail Panel (or any other panel which you want the acrobat reader to open by default for every document )

    2) Right click on the LHP Navigation strip , Select the option from the context menu "Pin Page thumbnails" .

    3) now try out by launching any other pdf -> You will observe that the Page thumbnails panel would appear expanded by default on launch(If document does not have any other document specific preference )

    Let me know for any other Ask in this.

     

    Thanks

    Ayush Jain

    Acrobat Team

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    Participant ,
    Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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    Here's another way I found to do it:

    Adobe Reader_Page Thumbnails.jpg

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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    Solution by tmmcentyre.  It works for me.

    https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1817184

    Go to the install directory, i.e." C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU". Create a new subfolder (I used "Disabled"). Move 3 files from the "ENU" folder into the new "Disabled" folder: AppCenter_R.aapp & Home.aapp & Viewer.aapp. Open a PDF and no more Tool Pane!  I originally moved just the "Viewer" file but if you clicked on "Home" or "Tools" on the toolbar you couldn't go back to the "Document." Moving all 3 files takes care of that issue. Like a lot of people I don't and won't ever use any of the tools. I just want a reader. Let me know if this works for you.

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    New Here ,
    Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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    This worked great! Bloody legend!

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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    Anything like that available for mac 10.10 Yosemite?

    On Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 5:32 AM brandanw3227445 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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    why not use Preview if you are using mac?

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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    @ jerryANDtom <https://forums.adobe.com/people/jerryANDtom> Preview is

    really great with PDF's and I really wish I could use it but for some

    reason when you zoom out (let's say 50%), the document becomes very hard to

    read. Acrobat and Reader have no problem dealing with this issue. In fact I

    tried multiple free and Trial mac software to read pdf's (with the ability

    to export) and I haven't found anything that really works. Again* I could

    set my browser by default to open the pdf's which would get rid of the

    sidebar* but then I would be stuck with no export functions.

    Benoit Burke

    Web Designer/Developer

    C:(416) 527-9940

    ~

    There's always a way.

    On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM, jerryANDtom <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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    New Here ,
    Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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    ben_26 wrote:

    Anything like that available for mac 10.10 Yosemite?

    Yes, there is! It's the same steps, really . . . Just ensure you've properly closed and quit the "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.app" application first:

    1. Open Finder, navigate to Applications
    2. Right-click on "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" and select "Show Package Contents"
    3. Navigate to /Contents/Resources/AcroApp/ENU/       (or whatever 3-letter language code you're using)
    4. *** Create a new folder. Name the folder "Disabled".
    5. *** Move the following 3 files into the "Disabled" folder: AppCenter_R.aapp; Home.aapp; Viewer.aapp
      If you're doing this via mouse drag-and-drop, ensure you hold down the Command key, to ensure the files are moved and not copied.
    6. Close Finder, and launch Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

    *** You may have to authorise these actions with your administrator password.

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    Community Beginner ,
    Apr 30, 2015 Apr 30, 2015

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    For those of you that don't need any of the tools from Adobe Reader and simply need it for a PDF reader, jkaussieskater‌ has the right answer. As soon as you need any of the tools, the app will crash. Great find jkaussieskater‌ Thanks!

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    New Here ,
    May 05, 2015 May 05, 2015

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    Wow, what an obnoxious bug that that right panel is!!

    Excellent lead jerryANDtom - Thank you.

    As you suggested I went to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU and created a new folder I called "Disabled" and moved the offending aapp files from the ENU folder to the Disabled subfolder.

    I had to move the files CPDF_Full.aapp & CPDF_RHP.aapp as well as AppCenter_R.aapp & Home.aapp & Viewer.aapp

    It has rendered Reader DC usable again.

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    Community Beginner ,
    May 20, 2015 May 20, 2015

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    Nice one, this works.

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    Participant ,
    May 20, 2015 May 20, 2015

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    What also works, is simply uninstalling this absolute insolence from adobe.

    How can a company be so rude to their clients?

    Back to Acrobat Pro XI. All fine.

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