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Acrobat (Pro) Toolbars In Office Applications

I recently installed CS4 (including Acrobat Pro) on my two laptops - each with Office 2003 Pro.

As in the past, Acrobat installs unwanted and obtrusive toolbars in all the apps, including Outlook.

Of course, I forgot to uncheck this as an install option - assuming it was an option?

In the past, you could go into Add/Remove Programs ... select Acrobat ... and individually remove just the toolbars without uninstalling Acrobat.

I started to do this with CS4 ... but it *appeared* ... it would have uninstalled CS4, but maybe not?

The question is:  What is the easiest way to remove these unwanted and obtrusive toolbars?
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)
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mbizupCommented:
Joe,

Take a look at the following article, middle of the the page, under the heading "To Remove the Contribute 4 Plug-in":

http://www.endnote.com/support/Faqs/CWYW/faq11.asp

It looks like getting rid of this particular toolbar is a little different.

The method described here involves renaming the plug-in in the Program Files folder.

I have not tried this myself, and am assuming that although the article focuses on Word, the method will have the same effect for all Office applicaitons.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
Yes, that seems to work for that one specific case.  

Still looking for way to remove other toolbars in the other Office Apps, especially Access and Outlook.

thx.mx
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mbizupCommented:
<Yes, that seems to work for that one specific case.>
Meaning that this method worked to get rid of the CS4 toolbar added in all Office Applications?

<Still looking for way to remove other toolbars in the other Office Apps>

To my understanding you can go through Add/Remove programs for other toolbars.

Are there any others in particular that you are having trouble getting rid of?

Post some more specific details, and lets see if anyone else jumps on board.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
"Are there any others in particular that you are having trouble getting rid of?"

In Access:

There is the 'Adobe PDF' menu item ... which is built on the fly each time Access loads.  Back in 2006, this same toolbar (menu) was actually a source of a bug ... the answer to which I actually found here on EE ... and subsequently joined.

In Outlook:
There is the 'Adobe PDF' menu item .
When you open a new message window, you have the Attach as Adobe PDF toolbar.

In Word - new Document window: (and Excel)
Open In Contribute
Publish To Website
Post To Blog
Adobe PDF
Acrobat Comments

I specifically want to get rid of the menus/toolbars in Access and Outlook.

mx



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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
Sorry ... forgot to do the Contribute fix on THIS laptop. That does ... in Word and Excel ... remove

Open In Contribute
Publish To Website
Post To Blog

But ... in Excel - I missed a toolbar (as opposed to menu):

Convert To PDF
Convert To PDF and Send For Review


Again ... in previous versions, you could use Add/Remove Programs ... Adobe ... and actually specifically uninstall just the Access toolbar; However ... in CS4 ... prior to clicking 'Go' (so to speak) ... you are warned to De-Activated your installation. So, not sure what will happen next ... whether or not you get a chance to pick and choose items to install/uninstall ... OR ... it will flat-out uninstall CS4.

mx
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
When loading Access, I can actually see a 2 second or so delay ... while the 'Adobe PDF' menu is being built.

mx
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
Have you tried the suggestions found here?
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/400/kb400807.html
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
@JOrzech:
Thanks for the link, however that is the same info in the link posted by mbizup.  As a result and as I mentioned above, I have eliminated the Contribute tool bars.  It's the remain bars that are the issue.

mx
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
Oh I am sorry!  Forgive me....that's what I get for not reading every post fully!  My bad.

Well, I loaded Adobe Pro 9 and got all those toolbars too.... I got rid of all of them by searching for (I am pretty sure it was) the PDFMCustom.dot on the hard drive and deleting it.... although it was a bugger to find.
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
ok ... thanks for that ... off to a meeting. I located .DOT   will try just a bit later.

What about this file:

PDFMOfficeAddin.dll

mentioned in the other post.  It looks ... suspicious !!

mx
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
I suppose it couldn't hurt to remove or rename it.  But I think I just deleted the other one.

Also found this
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/402/kb402770.html

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
ok ... so far I have this:

PDFMCustom.dot is in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp  and is created (and deleted) each time you open Outlook (but not Access) and possibly other apps.  So, it's just a temp file.

Let me see about PDFMOfficeAddin.dll ....

mx
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
Wow.
I closed all Office apps.

I renamed PDFMOutlook.dll to PDFMOutlookZZ.dll

Opened Outlook - no PDF toolbar. But, the Windows installer came up - for Acrobat ... and RECREATED that file AND then loaded  the PDF toolbar !!!

The same thing would probably happen with the PDFMOfficeAddin.dll also

re that last article link.  Yes, that worked in the past  but ... Acrobat is now integrated with CS4 - thus not a separate option in A/R Programs.  SOOOOO ... I may have to try the uninstall ... and HOPE ... it leads to an option to MODIFY the installation ... like the past.  Kind of a hassle since ... as a precaution ... I need to deactivated the installation first.

mx
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
oh ... re in the article ... 'Reset toolbars' in the Customize ... no can do because I have many customizations of the default Access toolbars which I really don't want to have to rebuild ... and I assume Reset would hose that up.

mx
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
I assume they would - but I have never done it.
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
I don't recall having to go through all these hoops that you seem to be ... but I only have installed Adobe 9 Pro.

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
Well, looks like I am going to have to try uninstall and hope it gives me an option to just uninstall those menus - as opposed to the entire CS4.  Again noting that the link mbizup provided did eliminate the Contribute part of the issue.

mx
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Author Commented:
Well, looks like I am going to have to try uninstall and hope it gives me an option to just uninstall those menus - as opposed to the entire CS4.  Again noting that the link mbizup provided did eliminate the Contribute part of the issue.

mx
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