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Making Acrobat Reader 6 Fast!


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

Check out the article for some more info on the plugins, those three plugins seam to cover 99% of most peoples acrobat usage.

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Making Acrobat Reader 6 Fast! 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