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Friday, June 26, 2015

Hide Tool Pane on Adobe Reader DC

If you updated to the new Adobe Reader DC, you may be annoyed like me that a tool pane always shows to the right of the document. There is no option provided by Adobe to permanently hide this.

The following tip works great to permanently not show the tool pane.

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! 

Thanks to tmmcentyre on  https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1817184 for this tip.


  1. The July 2015 Acrobat/Reader DC update introduced a UI enhancement. When you launch Acrobat/Reader DC, it now retains the last state (collapsed or open) of the tools in the Right-Hand Pane:

  2. Wonderful!!! I did it and it worked... Feeling great :) Thank you!