Dock Properties Bar
Through version 9, the properties bar was dock-able. Since X it is not, but it should be. Properties are always useful, it is annoying to have it floating over the document when I have toolbar space at the top of my screen sitting empty and gray and sad. I get that the properties toolbar is context sensitive so it will grow and shrink, but it was in 9 also. Please make all toolbars dockable!
Since Acrobat went to DC the toolbar has become functionally unusable. You cannot customize anything easily without submenu extensions 3 or 4 deep and then checking one thing at a time. Plus it seems like Adobe moved all the least used, most worthless functions "Tools" to the forefront and moved away all the constantly used tools (like the rotate tools and page display tools--every document, all day long, every day). Would somebody PLEASE make this program usable again like reader 9 and 10 used to be?
Not sure if anyone shared this tip so far. When you right click on the toolbar, you get "Show Properties Bar". Next to that, I found the shortcut for the properties bar :
CTRL + E
Using the shortcut may help you maintain focus because I find that enabling the properties bar via mouse clicks distracting. Hope this helps.
Carrie Stewart commented
I have seen lots of discussions regarding the Properties bar and the inability to dock it in Acrobat Pro. I understand the bar changes size with different tools. I have seen other programs that can handle this just fine but if you can't do that WHY can't you have an option under EDIT - PREFERENCES - COMMENTING that simply says OPEN PROPERTIES BAR ON STARTUP or something to that effect so those that ALWAYS want to properties bar open can open it automatically when opening Acrobat pro?????
This can not be that hard and would be at least a compromise for those of us that use it every time we open Acrobat Pro. I really think you folks could figure out how to dock the bar but at least offer an auto open setting... You may not think this is an issue but for those of us that open and use acrobat dozens of times a day it can be quite annoying. Please consider this for future upgrades. (ps... It would be nice if it at least opened also by default in your acrobat window area and not on another screen or different locations every time you use it..)
YES YES YES DOCKABLE PROPERTIES PLEASE
Kelly Vaughn commented
It’s worthwhile to note that I requested a “No Fill” option be added to the color picker, and it was declined without explanation. https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/33141349-draw-shapes-add-a-no-fill-option
Troy Crow commented
The new version of adobe standard DC is a piece of junk! I have been using Adobe for a number of years for both work & home. Adobe totally went backwards 5-6 steps. this new version is very inefficient and hard to use. I am going to talk to my IT department to see if we can purchase Nuance power PDF for our entire company (3000+ employees) it is only $129 and seems to be better than Adobe!
Agree! I mark up plans and drawings and need to constantly change colors and linetypes of my comments. PLEASE let me dock the properties bar again, so it is always available, easy to access, and out of the way of my mark-up.
I can never remember the shortcut keys or where the Properties Toolbar is located. It's a pain to have to do a search every frikken time I work in Acrobat. In general interface customization leaves a LOT to be desired in these newer versions. Each version of Acrobat seems to become less user-user-friendly and I've been using the software since it was beta.
For others who are struggling to find the 'no fill' option for an inserte rectangle, you can find a solution here: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2467569
it is frustrating to need to do this though
I agree entirely with Mark who stated:
' I've just been struggling to find out how to change the fill of a rectangle (using Comments tools) to "No fill". The visible tool to do this doesn't have an option of "No fill". After going on to the forum I was given the solution, which is to access the old Properties Bar. This is hidden away and very difficult to find unless someone tells you how. It should be more readily accessible.'
I came to this board to post exactly the same message. I have always found the 'no fill' option for a rectangle properties to be very useful. I use it to put a coloured box around a table in an academic article. Please add this 'no fill' option into the rectangle properties pop up
I VOTE YES!!
Thanks Kelly! Claim your brownies if you want!
I so miss the properties bar. The Command toolbar takes forever tp load--waiting for it is so frustrating! And then to have the Text Properties drop down and cover the upper right corner of my pdf just as I'm trying to work there is really irritating.
Thanks for cluing me in to how to get that Properties toolbar so quickly. Now if they would just let us dock it somewhere.
Kelly Vaughn commented
You can access the old Properties toolbar by Cmd + E on mac, or Ctrl + E on windows. Here is an article I wrote about it, which compares it to the new Color Picker tool. "The Case for Still Using the Deprecated Features in Acrobat, Part 1: The Properties Toolbar" http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-case-for-still-using-deprecated.html
Mark. could you direct me to where I can find directions to access the old Properties Bar? I will make you brownies! Thanks.
I've just been struggling to find out how to change the fill of a rectangle (using Comments tools) to "No fill". The visible tool to do this doesn't have an option of "No fill". After going on to the forum I was given the solution, which is to access the old Properties Bar. This is hidden away and very difficult to find unless someone tells you how. It should be more readily accessible.
Thanks for reporting your concern with us. Could you please share a screenshot of the exact location in Acrobat where you are facing the issue with the Add Text Toolbar / Floating Toolbar , so that we can assist you further in this.?
you can share the snapshot with me over the mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
I and many others share your grievance about this David. Whoever decided to make the Properties Bar no longer dockable obviously wasn't an every-day user of Acrobat.
Enable the Add Text toolbar (formerly Typewriter?) to once again dock to a toolbar like it used to so it stays out of the way. I use it daily and the floating toolbar gets in the way. Wish you would stop changing things so much.