Enterprise Toolkit > Windows Registry Reference

AVGeneral (General Preferences)

Miscellaneous preferences for controlling application UI and behavior.


This preference category contains the following subfeature(s):

Adobe Update Manager (deprecated)

These settings only apply to the Adobe Update Manager which was deprecated after 9.2 and 8.1.7 when it was replaced by the Acrobat Updater. The new updater is controlled via bUpdater. Since these settings are no longer used, no attempt has been made to provide a complete list of settings here.

Summary table
bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup Specifies whether the application on startup should invoke the Adobe Update Manager (AUM rather than the Acrobat Updater) to look for updates.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 1
Version # 7.0-9.2 and 8.1.7
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether the application on startup should invoke the Adobe Update Manager (AUM rather than the Acrobat Updater) to look for updates.
Details When the Updater is invoked, if the Updater does not find iCheck in the preferences, it looks at bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup to see if it should look for an update. The values map to Updater settings as follows:
  • 0: Manual
  • 1: Semi-automatic

FIPS Compliance

To comply with NIST requirements for data protection, Adobe products can provide encryption via the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 mode. FIPS 140 is a cryptographic security standard used by the federal government and others requiring higher degrees of security. Adobe utilizes certified and unmodified encryption modules licensed from RSA Security within desktop and server products. Therefore, Adobe will not show up in the NIST Cryptographic Module Validation Program vendor lists. The following documents list the specific, certified modules in use within the Adobe DRM Solution:

Adobe Acrobat and Reader (Windows only): When the FIPS mode is enabled via the registry, encryption uses FIPS-approved algorithms during the production of PDFs in digital signature workflows and not the consumption of PDF files as follows:

Other products:

  • Adobe Experience Manager / LiveCycle ES3 and ES4 Rights Management server software: RSA BSAFE Crypto-J Software Module 3.5 with FIPS certificate #590
  • Adobe Rights Management Extension for Microsoft Office client software: RSA BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition 2.1 with FIPS Certificate #828


FIPS mode changes Acrobat's default behavior as follows:
  • FIPS-compliant algorithms are always used.
  • Self-signed certificate creation is disabled. In FIPS mode, users cannot create self-signed certificates.
  • Signing with non-FIPS supported algorithms results in an error message; that is, signing fails if the document hash algorithm (digest method) is set to MD5 or RIPEMD160.
  • Password security is turned off. Users can apply certificate or Adobe LifeCycle Rights Management Server security using the AES encryption algorithm to a document, but password encryption is disabled.
  • When applying certificate security, the RC4 encryption algorithm is not allowed.
  • Documents protected with non-FIPS compliant algorithms cannot be saved.

Summary table
bFIPSMode Turns FIPS mode on and off thereby requiring stronger encryption algorithm and limiting certain application behavior.
Supported on WindowsSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 8.1 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Turns FIPS mode on and off thereby requiring stronger encryption algorithm and limiting certain application behavior.

Tools Pane Customization

In both Acrobat and Reader, users have the capability to customize and favorite toolbars via the user interface by choosing View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items and then selecting particular toolbar items to display. Acrobat users have an additional menu item called Quick Tools . This feature displays a two panel dialog that allows users to add any button or button category.

For example, you can expand the button tree under Forms to add the Create New Form button, or you could choose to add the top level Forms item to add all the forms buttons to the top menu. All user choices are stored with the application preferences and are essentially a "favorited" item.

Enterprise configuration steps:

  • Configuring the application via the user interface.
  • Closing the application.
  • Opening the registry or plist directory and going to AVGeneral\(feature name).
  • Copying the desired settings from the registry or plist. Settings can be deployed via the Customization Wizard, GPO, and any preferred scripted mechanism as desired. If you create these preferences manually, verify the index number is unique and the button names are correct.
Differences between 10.0 and earlier product versions
In 9.x and earlier, Acrobat and Reader only had toolbars. Both plugins and JavaScripts could be used to add new toolbars and buttons as well remove or hide buttons on demand. Unlike 9.x, 10.0 now includes toolbars AND quick tools right-hand panels. The toolbar APIs now only apply to panel customization, and toolbars cannot be modified by end users in any way. However, everything that could be accomplished in 9.x toolbars can still be accomplished for the new 10.x right hand panels.
Example: Favorited form buttons
"a5"="AcroForm:Forms_CreateNewForm"
"a6"="AcroForm:Forms_DistributeForm"
"a7"="AcroForm:Forms_ToggleEditInAcrobat"
"a8"="AcroForm:Forms_TrackReturnedForms"
"a9"="AcroForm:Forms_Hightlight"
"a10"="AcroForm:Forms_ClearForm"
"a11"="MoreFormOptions"

Summary table
bAllowMultipleExpandedPanels Specifies whether multiple tools panels can be expanded.
bAllowMultipleExpandedPanels Specifies whether multiple comments panels can be expanded.
bInfobubble Specifies whether the popup tooltips for the Tools, Comments, and Share panes should appear.
bInternalExpanded TBD
bShowTaskButtonInfoBubble TBD
cAdvCommenting TBD
cBasicCommenting TBD
cCommenting TBD
cFavoritesCommandsBrowser Specifies available tools when the application is running in a browser.
cFavoritesCommandsDesktop Specifies favorited desktop tools.
cFavoritesDefaultsDesktop Specifies the default desktop tools.
cStamp TBD
iBasicSharePaneStickyStatus Specifies whether to remember the the Tools Pane state across sessions.
irightPaneState Specifies whether to automatically open the Tools Pane on launch.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 11.0.02
HKCU Path AVGeneral\cTaskPanes\
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to remember the the Tools Pane state across sessions.
Details For example, if the user closes the Tools Pane, it will not automatically open on launch. Interacts with irightPaneState. Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't remember the Tool Pane's state. The Pane is always closed on application open.
  • 1: Do remember the Tool Pane's state.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 11.0.02
HKCU Path AVGeneral\cTaskPanes\
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to automatically open the Tools Pane on launch.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Use the default.
  • 1: Always closed.
  • 2: Always open.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral\cTaskPanes\cBasicToolsPane
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether multiple tools panels can be expanded.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't allow more than one visible panel.
  • 1: Do allow multiple visible panels.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral\cTaskPanes\cBasicCommentPane
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether multiple comments panels can be expanded.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't allow more than one visible panel.
  • 1: Do allow multiple visible panels.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default See description.
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path 0
Summary Specifies the default desktop tools.
Details Note that different products may have different defaul values. The default values are atoms (a + a unique index) with the string button name. For Acrobat 10.0, the default list is:
  • "a0"="Text"
  • "a1"="Highlight"
  • "a2"="DeletePages"
  • "a3"="RotatePages"
  • "a4"="InsertPages"
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default See description.
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies favorited desktop tools.
Details cFavoritesDefaultsDesktop is also used so that if cFavoritesCommandsDesktop is null, the cFavoritesDefaultsDesktop buttons still appear. The default values are atoms (a + a unique index) with the string button name:
  • "a0"="Text"
  • "a1"="Highlight"
  • "a2"="DeletePages"
  • "a3"="RotatePages"
  • "a4"="InsertPages"
GUI mapping Acrobat: View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Quick Tools
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default null
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies available tools when the application is running in a browser.
Details Provides a way for admins to configure available tools for use in the browser. There is no UI component. Configuration is identical to cFavoritesCommandsDesktop.
GUI mapping None: registry level configuration only.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral\Commenting
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral\Commenting\cStamp
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't expand.
  • 1: Expand
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 1
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether the popup tooltips for the Tools, Comments, and Share panes should appear.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Disable popup tooltips.
  • 1: Enable popup tooltips.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 1
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD

General Status

These preferences record details about the application's state and are not configured via the user interface.

Summary table
bActivated Records whether the application has been activated online after installation.
bAppInitialized Records whether the application has been initialized after installation.
bForceQuitApp TBD
bHasLaunched Records whether the application has been launched after installation.
bInTrialMode Records whether the application is operating in Trial Mode.
bShowHorizontalScrollbar Specifies whether to show a horizontal scrollbar when the viewing are is narrower than the width of the loaded document.
bShowWelcomeScreen Disables the Welcome screen on application startup.
iDelayBeforeQuitViewer Specifies the number of seconds the standalone application stays in memory before it shuts down.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 10.1.1 and later
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cWelcomeScreen
Summary Disables the Welcome screen on application startup.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't show the welcome screen.
  • 1: Show the welcome screen.
GUI mapping Mac only: Preferences > General > Application Startup > Show Welcome screen
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 30
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the number of seconds the standalone application stays in memory before it shuts down.
Details Possible values include:
  • 30
  • Any integer
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Records whether the application has been activated online after installation.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Not activated
  • 1: Activated
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Records whether the application has been initialized after installation.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Not initialized
  • 1: Initialized
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Records whether the application has been launched after installation.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Not launched
  • 1: Launched
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Records whether the application is operating in Trial Mode.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Not in trial mode
  • 1: In trial mode
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary TBD
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to show a horizontal scrollbar when the viewing are is narrower than the width of the loaded document.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't show the scrollbar.
  • 1: Don't show the scrollbar.

Recent Files

Summary table
cRecentFiles Lists a user's most recently opened files.
iMaxMRUCnt Stores the number of recent files that should be listed in the recents list.
iMaxMRUCntToBeStored Stores the number of recent files that should be listed in the recents list.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues in the right hand registry panel.
Default null
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Lists a user's most recently opened files.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 8.0-11.0.07
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Stores the number of recent files that should be listed in the recents list.
Details This preference is replaced by iMaxMRUCntToBeStored with 11.0.08. Possible values include:
  • A number from 1-10. The default is 5.
GUI mapping Preferences > Documents > Documents in recently used list
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 11.0.08+
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Stores the number of recent files that should be listed in the recents list.
Details The recents list appears under the file menu (5 item limit), the splash screen (5 item limit), and in My Files View (100 item limit).
  • A number from 0-100. The default is 100.
GUI mapping Preferences > Documents > Documents in recently used list

Viewing Comments

Like the related preferences in Originals, these settings control the comment appearance behavior.

Summary table
bPopupsScrollWithPage Specifies whether whether popups are visible when a document is scrolled.
bShowAnnotConnector Specifies whether to show lines connecting comment markups to their popups on mouse rollover.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by Acrobat
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether whether popups are visible when a document is scrolled.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Hide popups on document scroll.
  • 1: Show popups on document scroll.
GUI mapping Preferences > Commenting > Ensure the popups are visible as the document is scrolled
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to show lines connecting comment markups to their popups on mouse rollover.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Hide lines connecting comments to popups.
  • 1: Show lines connecting comments to popups.
GUI mapping Preferences > Commenting > Show lines connecting comment markups to their popups on mouse rollover.

Browser Integration

These settings specify how the PDF viewer should behave when loaded within a browser. See also:

  • cFavoritesCommandsBrowser under Toolbar Customization
  • The Browser Integration preferences in Originals
  • Browser Integration Quick Key in the Quick Key Library.

Summary table
bBrowserDisplayInReadMode Specifies whether to open documents in a browser in Read Mode.
iDelayBeforeQuitBrowser Specifies the number of seconds the browser-based application stays in memory before it shuts down.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 30
Version # 8.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the number of seconds the browser-based application stays in memory before it shuts down.
Details Possible values include:
  • 30
  • Any integer
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 10.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to open documents in a browser in Read Mode.
Details Read Mode was introduced in Acrobat and Reader 10.0 to enhance the PDF viewing experience for documents in a browser. Read Mode turns off the standard toolbars and menu items and provides a more compact and simple menu bar only when a user hovers over the bottom, middle area of the PDF. For more information, see the Browser Integration Quick Key in the Quick Key Library.

Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't use Read Mode and display the standard toolbars.
  • 1: Use Read Mode and hide the standard toolbars.
GUI mapping Preferences > Internet > Web Browser Options > Display in Read Mode by Default

Document Open Settings

Document open settings control the behavior of documents when opened. They appear in several registry places such as AVGeneral, RememberedViews, Originals, and OptionalContent.

Summary table
bAllowDocsToHideUI Specifies whether to allow documents to hide the menu bar, toolbars, and window controls.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 1
Version # 9.0 and later
HKCU Path AVGeneral
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to allow documents to hide the menu bar, toolbars, and window controls.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't allow documents to hide UI elements.
  • 1: Allow documents to hide UI elements.
GUI mapping Preferences > Documents > Open Settings > Allow documents to hide the menu bar, toolbars, and window controls.