Enterprise Toolkit Windows Registry Reference

IPM (In product messaging)

Acrobat products have the ability to display messages on application startup as well as in dialogs or in various areas of the UI. For Reader, messages can also appear when a document is opened. These messages may include information about other products, featurs, or services.


This preference category contains the following subfeature(s):

In Product Messaging

See above.

Summary table
bAllowUserToChangeMsgPrefs Locks the features associated with bShowMsgAtLaunch and bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc so that ends users can't change the settings.
bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc Specifies whether to show messages from Adobe when a document opens.
bShowMsgAtLaunch Specifies whether to show messages from Adobe when the product launches.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # 10.0+
HKCU Path IPM
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cIPM
Summary Specifies whether to show messages from Adobe when a document opens.
Details This preference also controls messages in the right-hand pane for DC products. Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't show messages from Adobe when a document opens.
  • 1: Show messages from Adobe when a document opens.
  • Due to a bug in the base DC release only, both bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc and bShowMsgAtLaunch do not work. The bug was fixed with the first update.
GUI mapping Preferences > General > Don't show messages while viewing a document
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 1
Version # 10.0+
HKCU Path IPM
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cIPM
Summary Specifies whether to show messages from Adobe when the product launches.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't show messages from Adobe when the product launches.
  • 1: Show messages from Adobe when the product launches.
Due to a bug in the base DC release only, both bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc and bShowMsgAtLaunch do not work. The bug was fixed with the first update.
GUI mapping Preferences > General > Show me messages when I launch Reader.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default N/A
Version # 10.0+
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cIPM
Summary Locks the features associated with bShowMsgAtLaunch and bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc so that ends users can't change the settings.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Locks the feature so end users can't change the settings.
  • 1: Allows users to change the settings. A value of 1 has the same affect as this key not existing at all.
GUI mapping Preferences > General > product messaging settings (see above)