3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 20, 2012 5:03 AM by Laubender

    Hide toolbars, etc.


      When exporting to PDF, How can I hide all Acrobat toolbars, navigation, forms, etc. in the final document?
      I have a main PDF that link several other PDF documents.

        • 1. Re: Hide toolbars, etc.
          Muppet Mark Level 5

          It sounds like you want to set a PDF's inital view options… but as far as I know there are no pdf options in indesign to control these states… You must do this in Acrobat after creation… ( Im only CS5 thou )

          • 2. Re: Hide toolbars, etc.
            Mead324 Level 1

            I agree. If you want to do it in Acrobat after the fact, open the file in Acrobat and go to File->Properties. Then look under the "Intial View" tab and change the settings accordingly. Save. The file should open as you wish.

            • 3. Re: Hide toolbars, etc.
              Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              @J-Fonz – you could do something like this, if you do not go the export route for creating your PDF, but the Print-To-PostScript/Distiller route.


              1. Create a EPS file with an text editor, save it text only with the suffix "*.eps"

              2. Place the EPS on the first page you want to output, so that it is computed when output

              3. Print to a PostScript file

              4. Distill the PostScript file to PDF


              The code for the EPS is a "PDFmarks" annotation that triggers Distiller to set the right view settings.


              Here a small code example for "Full Screen View" for the EPS.
              Do not forget to hit a "return" after "%%EOF".


              %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0
              %%BoundingBox: 0 0 144 144
              [ /PageMode /FullScreen /DOCVIEW pdfmark


              If this  workflow is something for you, depends on other factors…

              Hope, that helps.


              For nearly all about "pdfmark" code read the appropriate chapters in:




              Hm, there must be an English version somewhere to download as well…