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AcroApps (Tools Customization (DC))

Acrobat DC introduces an entirely new user interface. The redesign makes tools easier to find, simpler to use, and subject to admin and end user customization so that the product can better serve an organization's needs. Many tool-specific workflows require less clicks to complete. Tools appear in two main areas: The Tools tab (sometimes called the "Tools Center") and in shortcuts in the right hand tools pane. Both can be customized. Despite the new UI, the product uses the same settings as earlier versions but adds those described below.

For a configuration overview, see Tool configuration.


This preference category contains the following subfeature(s):

Tools Pane Customization (DC)

Add entries with a key and tool name under cDisabled to remove tools. For example:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(productname)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cDisabled]
"a0"="CreatePDFApp"
"a1"="CommentApp"
"a2"="PagesApp"

Summary table
a(index) Removes a tool from the Tools pane.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type atom: String value > REG_SZ
Default null
Version # DC
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cDisabled
Summary Removes a tool from the Tools pane.
Details Possible values include an "a" followed by an index number.

Tools RHP Shortcuts (DC)

A select list of tools in the Tools tab also have shortcuts in the right-hand pane. End users can modify this list by opening the drop down list under a tools and choosing Add/Remove Shortcut . Admins can preconfigure the right-hand pane tools shortcuts prior to deployment so that users have easy access to the tools they are most likely to use in their workflows.

Every shortcut adds a registry entry to AcroApp\cFavorites as shown below. The list is cab of Atoms that map to AppIDs, and the order in the registry matches the order in shown in the product UI.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\(productname)\(version)\AcroApp\cFavorites]
"a0"="CreatePDFApp"
"a1"="CommentApp"
"a2"="PagesApp"

Summary table
a(index) Removes a tool shortcut from the right-hand pane.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type atom: String value > REG_SZ
Default null
Version # DC
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cFavorites
Summary Removes a tool shortcut from the right-hand pane.
Details Possible values include an "a" followed by an index number.

Tools General Settings (DC)

All tools are associated with registry preferences that specify their visibility, location, shortcut, tooltip, and so on. Unlike the preferences for tool and shortcut display, these features are defined in the .aapp configuration file at %installdir%\(product name)\AcroApp\(language ID)\ . Since the registry and plist data derives from the .aapp file, these entries cannot be modified directly.

Any changes to these preferences will be overwritten by data in the .aapp file on application startup.

Summary table
aID The tool's AppID.
bInline Specifies whether to show the tool inline with other tools.
bShowLabels Specifies whether to show the tool's label in the Tools tab.
tDescription The tool's tooltip.
tLocation Specifies the location in the Tools tab.
tPath Specifies the name of the tool's .aapp file.
tTitle Specifies the title (name) of the tool displayed in the Tools tab.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type text: String value > REG_SZ
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary The tool's tooltip.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type atom: String value > REG_SZ
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary The tool's AppID.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to show the tool inline with other tools.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type text: String value > REG_SZ
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the location in the Tools tab.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type text: String value > REG_SZ
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the name of the tool's .aapp file.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether to show the tool's label in the Tools tab.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.
Not modifiableSupported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type text: String value > REG_SZ
Default See the .aapp file
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cRegistered\c(index)
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the title (name) of the tool displayed in the Tools tab.
Details Non-customizable tool settings from the .aapp file.