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Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard opens very slow.

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Got to be the slowest opening software in the world.  Are there plugins or something that can be removed to speed up the startup?
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I have the full standard version of 6.0, not just the reader.  Will the tnk-bootblock.co.uk/ solution work with that?

Thanks for the suggestions.
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When you go to "Help>About Acrobat Plug-ins", you get a list of all Adobe supplied plug-ins, with descriptions, and a list of all other plug-ins they depend on. This allows you to disable those plug-ins, that you don't need.
In previous versions of Acrobat, there was a directory called "optional" in the c:\program files\adobe\acrobat x.0\acrobat directory. Acrobat 6 does not have this anymore, but you can create it. THen move all those plug-ins that you don't need to this directory (from the plug-ins directory). If you need one of these plug-ins again, just move it (and all plug-ins it depends on) back to the plug-ins directory.

You can also disable a plug-in by renaming it to something that does _NOT_ use the .api extension (e.g. plug_in.api.disabled).

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I too have the Adobe Proffsnl version and use Adobe Reader SpeedUp with good effect.
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The manual solution gives you much more control over what features you have available in Acrobat: You can decide what to disable, and what to keep around.

Here is what I do: I have a number of additional plug-ins installed, so loading is even slower than what the normal "Professional" installation takes. Almost always I have an instance of Acrobat running. Whenever I need to open a PDF file, Acrobat is already there, and does not need to be restarted. This is true for PDF files that I open locally but also for PDF files that are downloaded from the Internet.
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Thanks khkremer for the tip.  Yes I do keep it open a lot.  Sorry I closed the question already before I got your addition.  Thanks again.
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