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Make Adobe Acrobat Reader load faster November 7, 2007

Posted by razasayed in Hacks.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of those softwares i just cant live without.However,the startup time can sometimes be a big pain in the a**.So, i thought there must be some way of making acrobat reader load faster, and touch wood , there surely is one ! 🙂 .

There are two reasons why acrobat reader takes such a long time to load.

1) It loads a hell lot of plugins (optional software components) which i dont and may never need.

2) The splash screen.

So here are two simple steps for accelarating the startup time of adobe acrobat reader.

Step 1) To solve the plugins problem just navigate to the folder on your machine where acrobat reader is installed (On my machine it is , C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader) . Here you should find a folder called plug_ins where all the plugins are stored. Within this folder create a new folder called Optional (you may name it as you please).

Now,just move all .api files except for EWH32.api, printme.api, search.api to the Optional folder that you created.

Step 2) If you dont want the boring splash screen then just open Acrobat Reader . Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Startup.

In the right hand side window just uncheck ‘Display splash screen’ and ‘Show messages and automatically update’ .

Youre Done ! . Acrobat Reader now loads as fast as notepad ! . Now, wasnt that easy ? 🙂 .

Alright then, goodbye till the next post and heres wishing you a very very Happy Diwali !!



1. kunalbharati - February 2, 2008

Instead of above hack I have other idea.
Dont use Acrobat Reader. Instead use ‘evince’. It is available in Debian.

2. Aamod - February 7, 2008

Still if you want to use M$ Windoze, use Foxit PDF Reader. Its small and as fully featured as Adobe Reader.

3. razasayed - February 7, 2008

Hey Foxit looks cool, thanks Aamod for sharing this info :)..and Kunal thanks for the evince idea, which im sure will be appreciated by all the foss enthusiasts out there.

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