Apr 282015

I really like the cloud. I like everything Google and Microsoft are doing. But when I want the users on our Citrix Environments to open PDF files, the experience needs to be as simple as possible. Adobe bloated their newest iteration of their populair PDF reader with a lot of cloud crap and tools probably nobody will use (ever). Fortunately they also allow a lot of customization with registry keys and their Acrobat Customization Wizard.

Remove the tools

When using the application there is a new tab called tools. The tools are easy to remove.
In the customization Wizard, choose file and folders.
Browse the following folder ProgramFilesFolder\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\Language

If you don’t want any apps at all, remove all files (one by one) by selecting modify and “Remove file” except home.app and view.app.
If you still need some tools, let the corresponding files stay.

The welcome screen

To remove the welcome screen, add the following registry dword value:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown

Remove the “add account” button

Add the following registry dword value:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown\cSharePoint (the button is used for sharepoint accounts)

Disable the “Check for update” button

Add the following registry dword value:

HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\Installer


All above are added the the following mst that can be downloaded here AcroRead

Install with the following parameters msiexec /i acroread.mst TRANSFORMS=Acroread.mst /qb


  4 Responses to “Removing “The Cloud” from Adobe Acrobat Reader DC with the Acrobat Customization Wizard”

  1. […] Rick van Soest Removing “The Cloud” from Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: […]

  2. Hello, is there possible to hide comment tab, everytime DC opens pdf file ?? I am using DC to view technical documentation in my company on touch screens, I do have problems with guys trying to hide this tab (I know its hilarious) – its 15,6 inch screen so comment tab is to large, hiding tech data…. thanks for answer in advance

  3. bDisableSharePointFeatures=0 should =1 to disable this feature.

  4. I am working on a document for a client who wants me to change my login name to something generic for their document, but Acrobat Standard DC won’t let me change it to anything at all. It seems to be the User name of my computer in C: drive. What can I do?

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