Depends on how they got installed.
I can't tell you exactly where to look on Mac, but on Windows the pre-installed ones are in the All Users profile under AdobePDF\Settings (and there are two of those ffolders on my system inslightly differernt paths in the profile since the location seems to change with the version of Acrobat).
Those added from within ID using the Define dialog wind up in the a similar folder in the user's profile.
For Mac, I would guess we are talking about the main library and the user library.
On a Mac: <computer> > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe PDF > Settings
They are the .joboptions files as Bob mentioned. The same ones are used for Distiller and the Adobe Creative Suite applications. They are called Settings in Distiller and PDF Presets in the Suite.
Custom Settings are in this path on a Mac:
Users > [yourname] > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe PDF > Settings
This is when you create customized PDF presets.
Sandee Cohen wrote:
I am doing some video lessons and would like to clean up the Adobe PDF Presets menu in the Export as PDF dialog box.
Where are they stored?
I've looked through the many folders on my machine called "Presets" but can't find them.
Running Acrobat 10 under Macintosh OS 10.6.7
Here's a great opportunity to file a feature request. In InDesign CS5.5, Preferences > File Handling displays the location of recovery files, and offers users the option to choose a custom location. It would be a great logical step to make the locations of the various presets and other stored items available and also offer users the option to customize. Care to file a request in the usual place - Adobe Feature Request or Bug Report form.
As preferences, these details are out of the way, yet are much easier to find than searching through a disk's file system.
John Hawkinson wrote:
Note that customizing the location of files that are common
to multiple applications is either "a hard problem" or "fraught
Changing any code in a code base of more than one line is fraught with peril. In Object-Oriented Programming, the "fraught" property is so omnipresent, that it's never necessary to mention it, or display its ornament.
Major good point, though, John. Do you think it would be difficult to detect the possibility of shared CS files and display a caution or tool tip, or require an unlocking click in the preference box where the locations would be set?
I think you miss my point.
It would be grounds for the whole request getting ignored, I suspect,
so better not to include it. A button to display the location of
the presets, yes, but no way to move them. Being able to move them
doesn't seem important either, but maybe I'm missing the justification.
Having them mobile would also wreak havoc with third party tools that