Enterprise Toolkit | Windows Registry Reference

AcroApps (Tools Customization (DC))

Tools appear in two main areas: The Tools tab (sometimes called the "Tools Center") and in the right hand tools pane. You may customize either.


This preference category contains the following subfeature(s):

Right-hand Tools Pane Customization (DC)

A select list of tools in the Tools tab has associated shortcuts in the right-hand pane. End users modify this list by opening the drop down list under a tool and choosing Add/Remove Shortcut. Admins 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. Simply add or remove index entries 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 shown in the product UI.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\(productname)\(version)\AcroApp\cFavorites]
"a0"="CreatePDFApp"
"a1"="CommentApp"
"a2"="PagesApp"
Note: If you're customizing shortcuts in the right hand pane, you can determine the a(index) value to use for cDisabled and cFavorites by looking in the .aapp file. For example, the Create PDF tool is named CreatePDFApp. Custom entries for 3rd party plugins added post deployment are overwritten on the next product update. To assure that your settings remain in place, add them via the Customization Wizard during the initial install.

Summary table
a(index) Removes a tool from the Tools pane.
bDisableAcrobatShortcutCustomization Prevents end users from modifying the tool shortcuts in the right hand pane.
cFavorites A cab containing an index list of current right hand pane shortcuts.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # DC
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\
Summary Prevents end users from modifying the tool shortcuts in the right hand pane.
Details Possible values include:
  • 0: Don't disable shortcuts.
  • 1: Disable shortcuts.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues displayed in the right hand registry panel.
Default A list of default shortcuts in the right-hand pane.
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp
HKLM Path See cDisabled.
Summary A cab containing an index list of current right hand pane shortcuts.
Details Possible values include an "a" followed by an index number.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type atom: String value > REG_SZ
Default null
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp\cFavorites
HKLM Path See cDisabled.
Summary Removes a tool from the Tools pane.
Details Custom entries for 3rd party plugins added post deployment are overwritten on the next product update. To assure that your settings remain in place, add them via the Customization Wizard during the initial install. Possible values include an "a" followed by an index number.

Removing Tools

To remove a shortcut from the right-hand pane as well as the tool from the Tools tab, create FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cDisabled and add index entries as shown below. For example:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\(productname)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cDisabled
"a0"="CreatePDFApp"
"a1"="CommentApp"
"a2"="PagesApp"

Summary table
a(index) Removes a tool from the Tools tab as well as its associated shortcut in the right-hand pane.
cDisabled A cab containing an index list of current right hand pane shortcuts.
Supported on WindowsSupported on MacSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type n/a: Cabs are keys that contain subvalues displayed in the right hand registry panel.
Default A list of tools removed from the Tools tab and right-hand pane.
Version # DC
HKCU Path AcroApp
HKLM Path HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\
Summary A cab containing an index list of current right hand pane shortcuts.
Details Possible values include an "a" followed by an index number.
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\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown\cAcroApp\cDisabled
Summary Removes a tool from the Tools tab as well as its associated shortcut in the right-hand pane.
Details Because the tool is absent from the Tools tab, end users cannot add the shortcut back to the right-hand pane. 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.