Full Tools, Menu customisation
Acrobat DC wastes so much screen space in non-customisable areas - It is common to 'snap' the Acrobat Application to Half-Screen - but doing so hides many menu Tools, but ALWAYS leaves 'Home, Tools, Document & then The Login Name. - These are rarely (never) used.
Please allow them to be Hidden, Or return Menu/Tool icons to a 'normal' design/style as used in the previous 10 versions of Acrobat.
'PRO' does not = Tablet user.
We are delighted to share with you that Acrobat and Reader Desktop release for DC Continuous (21.007.20091) is Live now and this Takes care of the Feature Request to Change the Display Size of the Acrobat without changing the Scaling/Resolution of the machine. This can be Done from “View” → “Display Size”. For now this is avaialble for windows only.
More Info Here : https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/whats-new.html and go to “Change Acrobat Display Size”
Please update your Acrobat (It should Auto update or you should do Help → Check for updates) and let us know your Feedback.
Russ Turrentine commented
I'm just not really sure how it was determined that changing the display size has anything to do with the original request to customize the menus and tools. It's apparent that Adobe needs normal users to discuss the request to make sure they really understand what the problem is. You've really got to be grasping at straws to think display size and customization of menus means the same thing.
How delighted I am about this strange change as a Mac user. Yay! I'm also delighted that I can only log onto this forum using Safari from my Mac.
I remember when QuarkXpress was king. But they didn't listen to their users...
Mark Sandridge commented
Since this works so bad, we are now working for getting rid of all adobe products. Even Ilustrator.
We will have a system that makes proofreading available thru the browser. We are also looking into replacing pdf with html. then it works great in both android and mac also. So if you ask me, Adobe is giant dinosaur of the past and the meteor is already on it's way to destroy it. I could write a book of all the bad Adobe managed to destroy. It feels like adobe just patches and patches their software. The files are huge and slow. Try to use Acrobat Pro over network... No go! Still get error messages after all these years.
Adobe should start to listen to their customers, but I think it's too late.
I've recommended "PDF Studio Pro" in the past - as a substitute for Adobe Acrobat.
I've now changed that to Foxit.... it's a different layout - but the "help" does (at this stage) seem to make efforts to understand and rectify "complaints" or feedback.....
Unlike what is evidenced in this thread.
I appears that the thrust of this thread has yet again been ignored completely.
"PDF Studio Pro 2020".
So many great suggestions here, all falling on def ears.
Adobe does not care, they just want their monthly subscription fee.
I work in the printing industry, with each passing year Acrobat moves away from my professional industry. Some of the Preflight tools are now painfully slow. The only innovation is in document management, proofing corporate communications and signing contracts. Adobe's true focus is Document Cloud, an enterprise document solutions money maker. That's why it's in the name Acrobat DC.
YES TO THIS. But sadly I think a Adobe just doesn't care.
Jon Morgan commented
Good luck, anonymous. This feature request has been "Under Review" for over 3 years. Given the number of votes and comments and hardly any response from Adobe, this feature request seems to have gone into a black hole.
Please give me the ability to chose exactly which buttons I have on my toolbar and where they are located. I want them to be in the order and placed where it is logical to me and what projects I'm working on.
- Might be useful if ALL actions were available, including the ones that are not listed under the various tool bars, for example send file by email.
- Needs to allow drag/drop and delete for the icons without going through the customize dialog.
Customize Quick Tools
- Allow addition of tools by double clicking on them as well as clicking on the plus sign;
- Allow deletion using keyboard.
* Give the option of removing the Share button that sends an adobe server link . Emailing files with or without encryption is my default. As several other commenters have noted, I need to be able to track what w documentation was sent when, and also do not want to send confidential files through Adobe.
* IF nothing else, could we at least have all the file menu tools together on the left hand side? It is illogical to split them off to the sides. With wider monitors the split means a lot more mouse movement.
I also wish there were more options for default view settings, in particular because my eyesight is bad and I wish I could increase the amount of screen real estate when opening the many pdfs I have to read for work. When you have a high volume of files to read, having to manually adjust each one so you can read it is very cumbersome and I'd like to know Adobe cares about people with limited eyesight over promoting its ecosystem. Very, very poor job so far. The greed is very apparent from the customer level.
"In continuation of my December 2020 comment, I am in favor of multiple tool bars, but I have worked around in a different way. In white area of toolbar, right click, in drop down list click customize quick tools. Select a feature you want, and add using +. On the tool bar ... when clicked shows your selected features. Clicking a feature will bring up corresponding tool bar for use. it would be nice to have customized tool bar, but this is better than nothing. I am not cheering Adobe for making us look for work around, but we have to adapt what we got."
Yes - you are correct - however the main problem is that the "share" button, the "provide feedback" button, the "help" button, the "notifications" and the "profile and settings" button CANNOT be hidden.
What's worse - adobe chooses not to refer to these as being "in" the toolbar - so if you ask how to get these off - they simply refer you to the process you state - which is of corse not to address the issue at all.
If we could "hide" these 5 fu<k!ng useless buttons, Adobe would be far more user-friendly - and able to share a screen with other applications without hiding the toolbar option that we DO use......
... but as adobe is full of non-thinking half-wits who blatantly CHOOSE to ignore simple customer comments and feedback - we are stuck with whatever some incompetant has decided we HAVE to pretend is a "feature"..........
Kiran L Bhayani commented
In continuation of my December 2020 comment, I am in favor of multiple tool bars, but I have worked around in a different way. In white area of toolbar, right click, in drop down list click customize quick tools. Select a feature you want, and add using +. On the tool bar ... when clicked shows your selected features. Clicking a feature will bring up corresponding tool bar for use. it would be nice to have customized tool bar, but this is better than nothing. I am not cheering Adobe for making us look for work around, but we have to adapt what we got.
There is also the added problems of people using the forms differently than how you want them to.
For instance - I use Acrobat to draw up forms to get information from clients.
I prefer that my client email these completed forms back to me - not through adobe cloud or google cloud or whatever - I need a direct record of communications with my clients (as stipulated by Law in my industry) and email is the best way to do this.
However the "share" button is unfortunately visible on EVERY document.
...meaning i very opten have to get them to send it to me again.
If I'm not going to use something, or if I do not want "features" used - I should be able to hide them.
It just is NOT a hard ask.
It just is NOT a hard thing to make them "hide-able"
It WAS a stupid decision to make them "un-hide-able"
Cannot agree more. I'd been using an old version of Acrobat Pro that allowed COMPLETELY customized toolbars.... now that I've "upgraded" to a current version (which ain't cheap), I am quite frustrated at the wasted real estate for items I don't use as well as the inability to put the things I do use in the places I like. I don't see how removing user ability to customize is an "upgrade".
Adobe is on drugs since 20 years at least. There is no hope anymore.
Kiran L Bhayani,
"...change is always difficult. Let us breach our comfort zone and think out of box.
...once we explore options patiently things are better an nicer. "
- No offense, but we hardly need an Adobe cheerleader to tell users to just get over the change and move on, and tell us to use the woefully inadequate QuickTools, which has been addressed in this thread more than once. If people were happy with it, they wouldn't be complaining, and simply putting up probably isn't the best way to get you anything useful, ever.
Quick Tools has an extremely limited set of tools that are of any use - essentially it has only leftover buttons that are not already in other menus on the same toolbar. The stuff outside of Quick Tools is the real problem. E.g. right click to enable File Tools, Edit Tools, Navigation Tools, Display, etc. - a lot of those shortcuts are essential to display on the bar for easy navigation, and they take up most of the space on that bar, BUT those are not customizable i.e. cannot be arranged so that you can always view the most used ones on the left. Since those buttons already take most of the bar space for me, there's almost no space left for anything else I may find useful in QuickTools (definitely no space when I view a pdf on a half screen instead of full screen).
Also, ALL of the buttons are just too big, with lots of wasted space around and between them, and are also slow and not very responsive to mouse clicks. The buttons are also not well delimited, so sometimes it's difficult to tell if you've actually clicked on the button or on empty space.
So you see, Quick Tools may be a little more customizable than the rest of the toolbar, but all the essentials are elsewhere and already take all the space, so QT is almost useless. Suggesting to use Quick Tools just misses the mark, and is definitely not "thinking out of the box".
At a minimum Adobe should implement a standard configurable menu that you see in any other professional developer tool like Photoshop etc. where you can enable/disable/move around dockable panels. If BlueBeam has done that for their PDF editor, what does that tell you?
ES - Accountant commented
I totally agree and have already asked about this issue. I use a lot of tools, and I have the most essential as Quick Tools, accessible on the toolbar. However, most of them are hidden because of all the useless information Adobe automatically wants us to see on our toolbars. So instead of the toolbar helping me, it's mostly a shortcut to a continuous experience of inconvenience.
I'm ready to dump the toolbars altogether and add everything I need to quick access. But now that IT has me on this Cloud version, there are icons on the right that I can't get rid of and it's using prime real estate. Why hasn't Adobe switched to smaller icons yet?
Victor Caston commented
Customizing quick tools is not enough, if there are many tools you go to frequently.
The problem is how many of the tool panes are fixed and not at the user's discretion. Some people may use them, but many power users won't, esp. since common commands already have keyboard shortcuts.