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Making Acrobat Reader Start Faster

Updated on November 14, 2023
By Pete Freitag

By removing most of the plugins in the adobe acrobat folder, you can make Acrobat Start up significantly faster on windows. Using these instructions, it seams at least 3 times faster:

  • From the Start->Run windows menu, Open the "x:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader" folder, where x is the right drive letter.
  • Find the plug_ins folder and rename it plug_ins_disabled
  • Create a new folder named plug_ins
  • Copy the following files from "plug_ins_disabled" to "plug_ins": EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api

Those three plugins seam to cover 99% of most peoples acrobat usage, but there might be more plugins you can look at. This article was written for Adobe Acrobat 6, which is quite a bit old by now.

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Making Acrobat Reader Start Faster was first published on March 06, 2004.

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thanks! i'm trying the same instructions on my installation of acrobat 6 pro. so far so good. i'll enable advanced feature plugins as needed.
by david on 03/06/2004 at 4:53:31 PM UTC
This is beautiful - i've been griping about this for a long time!
by steve on 03/07/2004 at 9:59:23 PM UTC