Option to Hide Bookmarks Panel for all PDFs
Using: Acrobat Pro DC
Request: Ability to set a global setting that hides the bookmarks panel whenever a new PDF is opened, as opposed to having to navigate to the initial view settings for each file and then save it.
Reason: I open a lot of PDF files from emails, as I'm sure thousands of other people do, with no intention of saving it in that instance. Or files from the internet, again with no intention of saving it. This is to VIEW the file and find content relevant to the task in hand. Having the bookmarks panel occupy a third of the program window reduces the visibility and scale of the actual file.
This would seem to be basic user experience to me. Not everyone uses bookmarks either. It should be a preference setting available as standard - forcing the user to focus on a feature they don't even use and interrupting basic workflow is ridiculous design philosophy.
Nick Minchin commented
This is infuriating that this is the default to show this ****. First I had to find how to hide the Tools panel taking up 1/3rd of the screen which auto shows up which I NEVER use. Then I had to work out how to stop the Comments panel from auto opening taking up another 1/3rd of the screen which I NEVER use. Now I'm trying to stop the Bookmarks panel from auto-opening taking again, another 1/3rd of the fking screen!!!!! Why do these useless panels auto-show by default??? I'm out! Off to find another PDF viewer.
PS Austin's comment is 100% and made me laugh (and cry)
"I open dozens of PDFs every day and having that giant panel take up a third of my viewing screen every time makes me want to smash my keyboard"
Kjell-Ove Todnem commented
Hi! I found a couple of registry hacks that fixed this for me. Here they are:
I named this file "RegEdit for AcrobatPro11-NoBookmarksAtOpen - 1, Original, before edit.reg", but of course the filename can be anything with a .reg extension. (Create 2 text files containing the text below and save it as .reg files. Then double click these to make Windows update the registry and viola!
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Adobe\\Acrobat 11.0\\Acrobat\\Acrobat.exe\" \"%1\""
2: I named this file "!RegEdit for AcrobatPro11-NoBookmarksAtOpen - 2, NavPanes=0.reg"
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Adobe\\Acrobat 11.0\\Acrobat\\Acrobat.exe\" /A \"navpanes=0\" \"%1\""
Hope this helps you :-)
This is basically my only complaint about Acrobat and it is truly infuriating to me. I made an account just to comment on this. I open dozens of PDFs every day and having that giant panel take up a third of my viewing screen every time makes me want to smash my keyboard. There are a LOT of forums on various sites about this, people will usually say "it's a document property, Adobe can't do anything about it", but there's no reason a viewer can't be setup to overrule a document property for the user's experience. It's not even disabling the bookmarks, we're literally just talking about having the panel collapsed as a default.
Blake Hale commented
So happy to find this fix. My first regedit - super easy.
Jack's regedit and John Barrow's instructions just saved me so much pointless clicking. Thanks!
Kirsten Jorgensen commented
Very annoying to open a PDF to a page which is not the first page of the PDF.
Victor Ross commented
I second this. There should be an option in the interface that can easily be toggled. All part of good interface design -- when Adobe seems to have forgotten.
That and the Rotate page feature should be free again. Charging money for that is outrageous.
John Barrow commented
Thanks Jack for your regEdit fix.
This was so annoying that I uninstalled Reader for a while and used the Chrome browser to view PDFs but decided to try the reader again and managed to "simplify" most of the UI by turning on Edit > Preferences> Category "Documents" & Tick 'Restore last view settings when reopening documents". The bookmarks panel was the exception as ignored this setting (Adobe, including the Bookmarks panel in this setting would make sense!). My regEdit key was
and amended the value as instructed to
"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" /A "navpanes=0" "%1"
Thanks again Jack.
Note to Adobe: The reader should have an option for a 'minimalist' view, such that you can view the document with no other distractions.
Tom Cutler commented
Yes, I moved to Revu. Very powerful but not cheap.
foxit reader but it could not preview recent files
PDFelement could not zoom with mouse wheeel only
PDF-xchange could not zoom with mouse wheel only
adoby wast screen space wasted with bookmark and can no longer make hand tool defult ,and so cant zoom with mouse wheel only
sumatrapdf cant zoom with mouse wheel only
did any one find a solution that didn't involve reg edits
has any one found a beter pdf reader
Ryan Huguelet commented
For future generations:
1. Open a PDF
2. Right Click on the bookmark bar, if it is semi-collapsed click on the small triangle to expand it
3. Select Pin bookmarks
4. Now bookmarks will be pinned every time you open acrobat
In case you want to customize the PDF initial view. Here, are the steps to do that -
1. Open a PDF
2. Hit CTRL+D on win / CMD+D on mac to open document properties
3. Click on the Initial View Header
4. Here you can customize the properties as per your need
Giles Hooker commented
Created an account just to vote on this.
Adobe: very very very few people intentionally design pdfs thinking about whether the document tab should be open or not. If you automatically generate pdfs, it gets flagged that way even if you don't want it! It's more likely someone will have thought about whether you want the Tools pane open, and you can disable that by default.
Thank you Jack. For recent readers, there's a number of places this command appears in the registry -- poke some more if one of those doesn't appear.
But again: Adobe this is ridiculous. (Although who am I kidding that they will read this.)
Thanks for the registry fix, worked for me!
In my case; I had to apply the regedit to Acrobat 2017 rather than to the reader. Follow JACK's instructions but apply here:
And I thought it was just me! This setting should be a "no-brainer"... Please modify!
Justin B commented
Having this option in the user Preferences of the program is a no-brainer. I do not have Administrator access to edit the Registry, and such a workaround should not be necessary. Please implement this in the next release, or sooner.
Kjell-Ove Todnem commented
The registry edit suggestion below worked for me.
I just moved from preview to acrobat reader to avoid certain problem and now I face this...
Really really appreciating those replies. I could have committed suicide due to those stupid panes!
thank you for posting this ive been fighting with this for a long time now.
It is absolutely INFURIATING that in 2020 I have to go to the registry to disable those useless tabs that take up space! I work with 100s of PDF docs every month and it really does breed hate every time I have to close a bunch of useless panels just to view a file. That's adobe for you...
You think layers/bookmarks panel is bad and takes up 1/3 of the screen? But wait - acrobat also reads CAD file contents as "comments", so it opens ANOTHER panel for a grand total of 2/3 of your screen...every...time...
The registry hack works, by the way. Shame it's not an actual option, but we can't ask that much of adobe... It would be something competent done for once and we can't have THAT!