You don't need to uninstall and reinstall Reader just to create a new digital ID. You don't even need to delete the old one, but if you do want to clean out the inaccessible digital ID do the following:
- Select the Document > Security Settings menu item
- Select Digital IDs from the list box
- Highlight the digital ID you want to remove in the list box on the right
- Click the Remove ID button on the Security Settings dialog toolbar
This only works for digital ID files that were created in Reader. If you are using digital IDs (you use a digital ID to create a signature, think of it as the pen) that came from somewhere else other than Reader do the following:
- Expand the tree view under Digital IDs and then select Digital ID Files
- Highlight the file name on the list box on the rights
- Click the Detach File button on the Security Settings dialog toolbar
I hope this helps,
Thank you - we will try it out.
This might have worked in earlier verisons of Reader, but currently you need the password in order to Remove a digital ID. At least you do in Acrobat.
Not sure if there's a workaround for today's cases than a reinstall.
UPDTAE: Actually, I've discovered you can remove a digital ID (whose password you have forgotten) by deleting your old digital signature file (.pfx file). The loction of the .pfx file should be in the same default location as what you specified during creation of that digital signature (for example: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\10.0\Security\). NOTE: The folder names / paths will be different based on operating system).
Hope this helps! I finally was able to remove an old unused ID this way.
There's nothing that can be done about it. You'll need to create a new Digital Signature profile.
Answer not helpful!!!!
Answer true. May be unwelcome but if you forget the signature password, there is no way to get it back. Make a new one.
Tried this. I'm using Acrobat Pro 9.0. There is no Security subfolder. Nor does a search for that file extension yield a result. Any other ideas?
Is your answer just for Reader? I'm using Acrobat Pro 9. And when I try to create a new Digital ID it asks for a password - so caught in an infinite do loop!
When you create a NEW digital ID you give a NEW password. Twice. Not the same one as an digital ID.
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This seems to be very version specific. When asked for a signature Acrobat Reader DC, i realized I forgot the password.
I opted for "Create New Digital ID".
After creating the new ID, it asked me if I want to save it on the disk.
Then it reported that file already exists and asked if I want to replace it.
Answered YES, and old signature was gone.
Not sure if this helps...