Making Acrobat Reader 6 Fast!

March 06, 2004

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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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.
Your brilliant Peter. Thanks for the tip.
This is beautiful - i've been griping about this for a long time!
Excellent tip! It's almost as fast to load as version 5.
Much faster. However, updates doesn't work even when I copied updater.api back. But acrord32 exited memory which it hadn't been doing!!!
This is superb.Thanks for that Peter.Please give some more tips for making other windows programs faster.
Thank you. Simple, reversible and effective. Great idea!
Truely excellent suggestion - bravo! Also, you could disable the splash screen under Edit->Preferences->Startup->Display Splash Screen.
very good... i suggest, as Bob Clown, do disable the splash screen too...
Your instructions work perfectly! I'm now using Acrobat 7 and I hope you have a fix that will make acrobat exit memory when I stop reading pdf's in my browser. There is no "printme.api" in the Plug_ins directory. Is there an equivilent file?
Great tip, I use it in version 6 and works fine, but just for an update, when tried this an the new acrobat reader version (7.0.5) I get an error msg: "Error while loading plugin 'EWH32.api'. plugin could not be loaded" Looks like this tip is no longer useful in ver 7.x Maybe you can find a work around, thnak you!!
hey pete... thats a good tip....

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