Thanks very much for the info. I am using the pdf viewer control in a winforms program (AxAcroPdf) which displays PDFs on a big TV screen one-by-one together with other information. Full screen is not an option here because of the other information which must be displayed alongside the pdfs. Currently, my users have to remove the navigation toolbar for each PDF the first time the program cycles through them and they are OK after that, but as you can imagine, it's a pain to have to do that each time they run the program and impossible to do it with large numbers of pdfs.
I saw your solution for modifying the registry which I tried, but it didn't affect the control, just the reader program invoked from windows explorer. I noticed there are many such registry entries. I don't want to modify all of them so could you tell me the exact registry entry I need to modify which will affect JUST the AxAcroPdf control?
Also, given this use case, do you see any justification to expose this option in the API? I imagine this functionality is already there, since we can use it via the web browser with navpanes=0, so it's really just a matter of providing a method like you have for the toolbar: SetShowNavPanes.
Using Adobe Acrobat Professional 7 I made a form with fields which is served from a Tomcat HTTP server.
When I use a URL like:
The form is loaded and the navigation panes do not show.
When I use a url like:
But when I use a url like:
I get the message:
"This operation is not allowed."
After that the form loads but the FDF is not loaded into the form and the navigation panels are visible.
All three URLs conform to to the "PDF Open Parameters" document for Acrobat 7.
As this thread has clearly established, there does not appear to be any way to hide the navigation panels using Javascrpt.
As far as I can see what I have described above is a bug. Is there a fix or a workaround?
1) Acrobat 7 is no longer supported by Adobe, so we can't help you with that specific product. But we'll certainly see if the same problem exists in currently supports versions (8 and later).
2) The second and third URLs that you posted are exactly the same. What do you believe the difference is - or was it a typo?
If you look closely at the second and third URLs you will see that one contains navpanes=0 and the other does not.
Although I'm using Acrobat 7 the problems appear when the pdf is loaded by whatever version of the Reader is being used by the browser that downloads it. In my case this is Google Chrome 4, FireFox 2 or IE 6 all with recent Acrobat readers.
I think so. How do I tell which Reader version is running? I'm looking
at it now but don't see an About option anywhere.
This is currently a lesser issue for me than the second item I added to
Or is there another way to do that?
happens before the FDF is loaded. After loading there are new values in
still need to be filled in.
Thanks. I found that but also found that Adobe regard this as a security
threat and so deliver the new Readers with that that option turned off.
Our users are not the sort of folks that can handle that sort of
complexity. I know that you and I don't see it as so complex, but my
What external/exec event?
Reference page 334
This event is the result of an external access, for example, through
OLE, AppleScript, or loading an FDF.
This event does not listen to the rc return code.
You can use the following keys to hide navigation panels in Acrobat 7.0.
thanks for taking the time to send this reply. It won't work for
non-Windows Acrobat Reader scenarios, which is what I need.
Acrobat has a url parameter navpanes=0. But for whatever reason that
parameter is not allowed if the url also conrtains an fdf parameter,
which again, is what I need.
Acrobat 9.0 has a new key for hiding these tabs(as they are called by Adobe)
Try whether this works for Acrobat 7.0 also.
I am interested in a similar issue. I would like to make sure that the pdfs my system generates will open with the Page navigator hidden. The reason being that my pages will be covered with an overlay which is removed based on a user action. If the Page thumbnails are rendered before the overlay is removed then they will always show just the overlay. There is no guarantee that the user wont open the Page navigator before hiding the overlay but I'd like to implement it this way as a convenience.
Is there a setting within the PDF which will make it open with a hidden Page navigator?
If you don't set them to open with the page panel open, it won't.
HOWEVER, you should know that Acrobat/Reader dynamically generate the page panel contents from the actual pages - so that whatever overlays, etc. you have will also be reflected in the panel.
I guess you mean the post on February 18th?
I did not try this because I needed a solution that would work on the computer of anyone who downloaded my pdf. I would not be able to change the key values in their registry, or even to know if they are running on Windows.
Yes, I meant Feb 18 post only.
So, If I understand the requirement correctly, you want to disable navigation panels in your pdf for everyone. You can try with checking the option Hide window controls in File->Properties-> InitialView Tab.
I haven't figured it out either, but came up with a work-around for the Delphi developer (and Borland C++ developers) at least:
Put the PDF ActiveX component on a TPanel component. Then shift its left position to -42 pixels, and make it 42 pixels wider than the panel. This works perfectly on my computer, but may be different on other end user configurations. Does anyone know how I'd figure the width of the ubiquitous Adobe toolbar on the left? - Jeff
What I am needing is quite similar.
Hide the Navigation panel while displaying a PDF in VB6.
I can do this manually, I can in an activate event set focus to the pdf and force key press of Ctrl+H.
this assumes that the Navigation is already on.
I need a way to hide the panel as the pdf I am showing is an attempt to make a thumbnail of the PDF.
If the user double clicks, they can see the full screen with navigation and all.
I am showing several PDF's at a glance.
If there were another way without having to use the AcroPDF.dll then I am open to suggestions.
Preach The word !!!
1. I HATE, HATE, HATE with all the venom I can summon into my heart the INCESSANT, REAL-ESTATE-CHISELING, DISTRACTING navigation pane and its infuriating insistence on reappearing and reappearing and reappearing until you're ready to pound the desk with your fist. I don't like distractions. I don't dangle a light bulb off the corner of my TV or play paddycake with a half-inch-wide "pane" when I read a book. I simply focus on the pages, and nothing else. As I would like to do in Acrobat.
2. The removal methods suggested by Adobe employees and others in the first half of this thread never worked for me. They only succeeded in causing my documents to appear buggily. Maximizing, say, a small Acrobat window would work--but the document you were viewing would retain its small dimensions, even if it too was maximized. Who am I, Clint Eastwood driving a bus in "Gauntlet" and looking through a slit as I roll through the streets? That's who I felt I was until I hit F4 twice to reset the window to display the document to its borders.
I tried reinstalling Acrobat, but the window settings prevailed, surely through the registry somehow. Which brings up a third question: Why, when I have revoked consent for your product to even be on my hard drive (presumably the installation agreement doesn't say "you agree to have our stuff installed after you uninstall it"), does my registry remain bloated with litter from it?
And for a fourth thing, the removal of multi-document interface in 9 was the other worst thing that Adobe did. I can *NOT* stand having 580 windows open when I'm managing a workload.
In the meantime, I'll be using the pre-vexware version of Acrobat that I recently downgraded to.
I've been trying to follow the advice from Patrick Leckey on 9. May 8, 2008 2:45 PM in response to: (susana_albor) , however, I can't find the particular .exe definition mentioned, nor can I find the particular registry paths mentioned. I too would like to disable the navigation pane on the left hand side permanently.
I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro.
Leonard, we did not ask you how to hide idiotic sidebar on per-session basis, we ask Adobe to STOP force-feeding this brown pile of sheet into our mouth. In plain English, there must be a way to perma-hide this pest as it was in Acrobat prior to ver 9.
Do you udnerstand or not?
We're fed up with your sidebar, and the more you insist in feeding us your nonsense, the more reason to hack and kill it programmatically. We hhave the abuilioty, don't let this happen, though, do it yourself.
Add an option to hide idiotic sidebar. Don't become Apple#2.
> The navigation panel is also an information panel for letting you know when a PDF contains certain features (security, layers, etc.).
Your own lame opinion is not of interest to us, customers. We say your sidebard must be perma- disableable (NOT per-session, bu tpermanently) as it was in older Acrobat prior to ver 9 (or 8?). Do you understand English language? We do NOT want your idiotic sidebar - to me it's NOT about "valuable space", but about being distracted by more & more info we didn't ask for ! I am an Engineer, I know what's best for me betetr than you imagine you know. I could give TWO FLYING KRAAPS about your "valuable" sidebar, all it does is make me want to go back to older Acrobat.
Your people sit on their a$$es and devise new ways to generate revenues by "revamping" a workign application, moving menus & stuff around and adding kraap features to justify your salaries, that's it - it is about constantly inventing weays to SELL more Acrobat.
I want sidebar disableable or I will hack it, and as I said I am an Engineer, I will hack to kill sidebar, thanks for makign my life harder, you Leonard ******** Rosenberg.
Second Grievance: Acrobat X canvas color is no longer compliant w/user's Windows System wide colorscheme (when Windows is in Classic mode - which happens to be the ONLY productive mode for working pro's, rather than kids with their "pictures & music" usage of computers.
It's fixated in "Silverish" color by your idiot coder. Since when it stopped disrespecting user's Windows setting and enforce its own color? Even if you don't want to read customers Windows colorshceme as was usual prior to AcrobatX, at least gives us ability to change that Canvas color.
Referring to Background color when you zoom out of PDF object, you see that object upon "backdrop/background" which graphicxpros call "Canvas".
Can you understand that breakign down this function is retarded?
What kind of progress is that in Acrobat X? You want us to stick with your eye-sore silversih background ?!?>! ANd not able to change? ? AND REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH WINDOWS SYSTEMWIDE COLOR - IN MY CASE DESKTOP & ALL WINDOWS USE BLACK BACKGROUND, YES I WANT BLACK, DO YOU GET THE IDEA/?? I wish I coulduse stronger language $#$@U&&^$
P.S. Typos b/c posting from Mobile device ==> tiny keyboard & typing fast (busy!) - sorry !
It's not about "me me me", it's about sidebar being STUPID.
"Millions of satisfied" customers don't have determination to complain nor are many professionals. We're professionals, I am very particular abou tmy settings, I WORK on computers, not playign games "pictures & videos" kraap. I agree w/OP poster that sidebar is a dog, and YOu are an IDIOT.
you're an Idiot Adobe employee.
End of conversation.
hahah I know I have already hacked it in the past. I have integrated a fast
version of it in my own skyboard system. I will see what I did and get
back.. I am on your side of things as the side bar bs is just that.. like
what where they doing.... i remember I had a few hudnred pdf's showing all
at the same time. in test runs.. .
geeze nobody has called me "leonard" in years....
I do remember though I had to encase a little wrapper over things... I will
be back when I can.
ohh I replied to a Leonard message when I shouldn't of... ahhaha please
ignore / delete the last message from history in this thread... I am no
comon leonard R. bend some spoons and get your adobe to listen to their
These idiotic "Navigation Pane Button" annoy me so that one day, I am afraid, I will throw my laptop into a wall. Three years later and still there is no way of getting rid of them by default. Adobe, please, pay somebody to add a check-box somewhere in your preferences to not open the buttons by default (if I need them once in two years, I can easily open them from the right-click-anywhere-on-the-document menu). You have a ton of junk settings in the preferences which nobody needs, however there is no way to adjust something big that faces the user every time a document is opened - that does not make any sense!!!
P.S. Tried to implement some of the solutions posted above (in Mac OS X) - the solutions do not work!!! I am not a hardcore programmer, but I am not a dummy in software and computers either. I could not make them to work...
Guys, the proposal here is NOT to remove the "Navigation Pane Buttons" completely, but to add a setting somewhere in your preferences to not show the buttons for any new open document. You can make the default setting for the buttons to be shown (so that your "average" users would not get confused), and if one hates the buttons (like me and many other not-so-average-by-adobe-standards people), then it should be possible to change a check-box to not show the buttons when any new pdf-document is open. The stuff which you put into the pane is useful occasionally, but in 99.9% of cases I open a pdf file, the pane and the buttons in it are nothing but a hindrance for using the program (Adobe Reader) efficiently.
I have an electronic signage system which displays jpegs, video and I’d like it also to be able to display PDF files. I can’t do this because the damn buttons keep showing up on the display and there’s no way to turn it off.
This is just one application. I’m sure there are dozens of others where the buttons interfere.
For an application like your signage system, you can configure the PDFs
that you what to display with an initial view of "Open in full screen
mode". That will hide everything but the document - no toolbar, menubar,
navigation pane, ... Just the document.
The document author has the option to hide the navigation pane. If a
document does not benefit from that pane, I would assume that the author
would set the appropriate initial view. If a document benefits from having
the bookmarks pane visible (e.g. because it's helpful in navigating a
complex document) I would hope that the author enables that setting, and if
a document contains a lot of attachments that I need to work with, I would
hope that the attachments pane would be the one visible. And so on...
If the document author takes the time to setup how the document should be
displayed, I don't think that the user should be able to override that
setting with a preference setting. What would be interesting is a setting
that would be applied for documents that do not explicitly set the viewer
Karl Heinz Kremer
PDF Acrobatics Without a Net
To Karl Heinz Kremer:
Those are just some lame excuses to keep torturing users with these stupid buttons. I do not care what the creator of a pdf-document had in mind (he/she probably also thought the same way as Adobe, i.e. that an "average" user is an idiot, and so the buttons have to be always shown), I do not want the buttons to be visible regardless of the opinion of the pdf-file creator!!! Moreover, I my first guess would be that the visible buttons are the default setting for any newly created PDF-document and that the average "creator" is a lazy and not-too-bright dummy, who did not care to spend any time to figure out how to hide the buttons for the sake of user convenience.
Let me put the issue into perspective: let us say, once in 30 years it might snow in May, and on such a May day it would be useful to wear winter boots and a coat, however you do not expect people to wear such clothes every May day of every year (even though, occasionally it is a good idea), because it would a huge inconvenience. The situation here is the same, on one day in 2 years these buttons are useful, but it does not mean that it is a good idea to for us to suffer their presence the remaining 729 days...
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