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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications Apps
After installing Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional, it automatically placed an Acrobat PDF toolbar within Word and Excel. This toolbar would be placed on its own, which became an eyesore. Trying to close out of it, or going to Views -> Toolbars -> Delete would only remove it until the program next started.

There is a fix for this, thankfully. Go to: /Applications -> Microsoft Office X -> Office -> Startup. Within that folder, go into Excel and remove PDFMaker.xla. Back up one leve, then go into the Word folder and remove PDFMaker.dot. Problem solved.
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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: jspahr on Nov 28, '03 11:37:05AM

Yes, but when I do this, after using Acrobat the files are re-installed into the MS Office folder.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: petey on Nov 28, '03 12:15:03PM

yes. you must change the appropriate setting in Acrobat to keep these files from respawning.


(i don't remember exactly how i turned this off, but if memory serves, you get a dialog on Acrobat startup that you can use to turn off this 'feature'.)



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: GerryA on Nov 28, '03 05:19:30PM

It's true there's a dialogue at startup asking if you want to add this functionality. But it ignores the selection! I've had endless problems with this until I realised that each time I was loading Acrobat it was adding in these files even when I was telling it not to.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: mmmmark on Nov 28, '03 01:06:44PM

The only problem is that if you delete that toolbar, then you can't use the features of PDFMaker which allows you to print from Word while keeping all your bookmarks and links intact when the PDF is created.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 28, '03 02:13:23PM

Embedding links into PDFs starting with a Word file only works on a PC, because only there Microsoft made it possible (or Adobe undertook the effort) to integrate Word and Acrobat.

On the Mac, to my knowledge, only Adobe applications can create PDFs with hyperlinks (I am not sure about LaTeX).



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PDF LaTeX and hyperlinks
Authored by: googoo on Dec 01, '03 10:03:43AM

PDF LaTeX can embed hyperlinks in PDF files by using the hyperref package, which comes standard with most TeX distributions.

-Mark



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: Interactive on Nov 28, '03 03:19:38PM

I too got tired of the Acrobat toolbar. So, I created a blank file with the same name as the plug-in, locked it, and replaced the plug-in with it.

Of course, I lose all the 'features' the plug-in gives.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: gunnmjk on Nov 28, '03 06:19:48PM

Apparently this doesn't solve the problem. The next time Acrobat starts up, it'll bring up a dialoge asking to re install the toolsbars. Nomatter what you click, it will still re-install them. Somebody suggested creating blank documents with the same name, and locking them. When starting up Acrobat again, it asks for an administrator password, and proceeds to delete the locked documents (Bastards!). I've tried almost everything short of changing the Startup folder for office. Anybody have any other ideas?



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: nbusis on Nov 29, '03 03:21:24AM

To keep from reinstalling the PDF toolbars, when the dialog box pops up on Acrobat start-up, just uncheck the box that says "PDF Maker", check the box that says "don't show this again" and select the button that says "Okay."

If you ever want to reinstall the toolbars, or have the dialog box show up on start-up again, select "Detect and Repair" from the "Help" menu.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: monickels on Nov 29, '03 03:01:03PM
To keep from reinstalling the PDF toolbars, when the dialog box pops up on Acrobat start-up, just uncheck the box that says "PDF Maker", check the box that says "don't show this again" and select the button that says "Okay."

Sorry, but unchecking the box in the dialog does not always work, either. As mentioned elsewhere, the best solution is to replace the macro files with locked folders. They are located in /Applications/Microsoft Office X/Office/Startup/, where you will find three folders, one each for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In each of these files will be a file called PDFMaker, follwed with the appropriate suffix, .dot, .xla, and .ppa resepectively. Replace them with locked folders of the same names.

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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: mricart on Nov 29, '03 03:41:46AM

Personally, I've put *folder* in place of the PDF files inside the "Microsoft Office X" folder. More precisely:
- in "Microsoft Office X" folder: I've put a "PDFMakerLib" folder
- in "Microsoft Office X/Office/Startup" folder: there are 3 folders ("Excel", "PowerPoint", "Word"), and Acrobat puts a file in each (respectively "PDFMaker.xla", "PDFMaker.ppa", "PDFMaker.dot"): I've replaced again each of them with a *folder* with the same name

Those folders are empty, but that's enough to prevent Acrobat to replace them (I guess it's because "unlink()" doesn't work on folders, for which "rmdir()" must be used).

Hope this helps.



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This hint is incorrect
Authored by: petey on Nov 29, '03 09:41:57AM

robg,

this hint is incorrect.

the correct solution is in the comment by nbusis.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: Jahnoth on Nov 30, '03 10:57:19AM

After fiddling with this for awhile, I found out what you need to do in Acrobat to make it stop re-creating the plugins for Office.

After following the hint as described, launch Acrobat. You'll get the pop-up window that asks if you want to repair the plugins. Just uncheck the PDFmaker plugin that is listed, and then hit continue. Problem is now solved.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: utangmi on Nov 30, '03 12:58:28PM

The best method to remove the acrobat toolbar icons from all office producs is to modify 2 XML files that Acrobat 6 creates. There are entries within these XML files that allows acrobat to check for and/or reinstall the toolbar icons. Modifying the entries to state "NO" prevents the toolbar icons from reinstalling itself. I used BBEDIT to modify the files.

1) First Quit all Applications.

2) delete the PDFMaker startup items from the startup folder within the office directory inside the Microsoft Office Application folder.

3) Modify the XML files. The files are located at:
Your HD > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Acrobat

The 2 files are named:
AcroENUProSelfHeal.xml (Acrobat 6 pro file)
AcroENUDistSelfHeal.xml (Acrobat 6 distiller file)

Look for the following tags:
<dict>
<key>install</key>
<string>YES</string>
<key>type</key>
<string>PDFMaker</string>
</dict>

change the "YES" entry between the <string> tags to "NO".

4) save and repeat for the other XML file.

Now when you restart Acrobat 6 Professional or Distiller they will not reinstall the PDFMaker startup items.

And that's it.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: sipatel on Dec 01, '03 09:30:17PM

Just remove the startup folder from its original location and put it into an untitled folder. Problems resolved.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: jollyroger on Jun 18, '04 10:20:30AM

This has worked for me:

1) Remove the files "PDFMaker.ppa", "PDFMaker.dot", and "PDFMaker.xla".
2) Run Terminal.
3) Enter: chmod a-w /Applications/Microsoft\ Office\ X/Office/Startup/*

Done deal!

---
-monoclast



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Remove Acrobat toolbar from Office v.X applications
Authored by: tekwrtr on Nov 17, '04 01:12:58PM

I have found that removing the files does not help, and I do not get the Acrobat dialog that some have referred to, that will let me uncheck the option. My solution is easier than the locked folder that "monickels" suggested - simply remove the Excel, PowerPoint and Word folders from the Startup folder. If you don't need anything in them, this works reliably.



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Remove Acrobat toolbar: the real solution
Authored by: iynque on Dec 12, '06 04:44:02PM

Open Adobe Acrobat.

In the menu bar, click on Help > Detect and repair

A dialogue box appears: Check the Toolbar box to add the toolbar. Uncheck the box to remove it.

It will still say the items were installed, even if you just removed them.



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Turn Acrobat Toolbar On and Off
Authored by: catcher on Mar 14, '08 07:54:25AM
Thanks to the folks here, I've gotten rid of that pesky toolbar. Combining some of the hints, I've come up with an approach that works for me, lets me toggle the toolbar on and off, and does it with a single command-line script (note: this requires using the command line).

First, disable PDFMaker repair, as described by iynque. Then, use pdf-maker-toggle (the script, below) by calling it as "pdf-maker-toggle disable" or "pdf-maker-toggle enable" from the command line.

If scripting is foreign to you, doing this manually is probably easier, and you might cause damage to your system that will be difficult for you to undo. "disable" simply moves the files out of the way as described in the original hint. "enable" returns your seats to their original, upright position.


#!/bin/bash

OFFICE_ROOT="/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004"
PEN_DIR="${OFFICE_ROOT}/PDFMakerLib.holding-pen"
EXCEL_FILE="${OFFICE_ROOT}/Office/Startup/Excel/PDFMaker.xla"
LIB_FILE="${OFFICE_ROOT}/PDFMakerLib"
POWERPOINT_FILE="${OFFICE_ROOT}/Office/Startup/PowerPoint/PDFMaker.ppa"
WORD_FILE="${OFFICE_ROOT}/Office/Startup/Word/PDFMaker.dot"
MODE="$1"

if [ "${MODE}" = "disable" ]; then
  if [ -e "${PEN_DIR}" ]; then echo "PDF Maker already disabled" ; exit; fi
  mkdir "${PEN_DIR}"
  mv "${LIB_FILE}" "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMakerLib"
  mv "${EXCEL_FILE}" "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.xla"
  mv "${POWERPOINT_FILE}" "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.ppa"
  mv "${WORD_FILE}" "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.dot"

else
  if [ "${MODE}" = "enable" ]; then
    if [ ! -e "${PEN_DIR}" ]; then echo "PDF Maker already enabled" ; exit; fi
    mv "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMakerLib" "${LIB_FILE}"
    mv "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.xla" "${EXCEL_FILE}"
    mv "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.ppa" "${POWERPOINT_FILE}"
    mv "${PEN_DIR}/PDFMaker.dot" "${WORD_FILE}"
    rmdir "${PEN_DIR}"

  else
    echo unknown mode: ${MODE}

  fi
fi


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