I was wondering... Did you ever find a solution for this? I have exacty the same problem! I only have the tools pane on the right where you can create, export, and send pdf files but that's it. Like you said, online advice is useless - cannot do any of it. I haven;t tried unistalling and reinstalling yet but I have the feeling that it won't change anything anyway.
So, what did you in the end?
I found if i print selected pages with a no frills free add on from cnet or download.com such as doPDF I can pull the pages i want and save them as a PDF to any folder i wish by simply using the print command. i know it's a little drawn out that way especially if you have multiple pages at different locations, but there are also some pretty good free compiler out there to and it seems to work pretty nicely without the annoying toolbars.
hope this helps
a print addon seems to help (see reply to original thread)