If you use Office v. X or Office 2004 for Mac OS X, you are familiar with the Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar. And as a Mac OS X user you are well aware that you can PDF in any application without the help of a stupid toolbar.
But did you know that if you used the Save as PDF, or the Virtual Printer installed with Acrobat 6 Pro, you get the same thing in less then half the time as using that Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar. Yes, it is true. You can test it for yourself.
This Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar exists if you have Acrobat 6 Pro installed, as I do. I, however, do not want to see that Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar show up every single time I open up an Office app.
The real reason I hate that toolbar so much is because it keeps loading when I launch Word or Excel, it is wasted space. If you go to View > Toolbars and uncheck that toolbar, then quit, and relaunch, the toolbar shows up again. If you go to View > Toolbars > Customize Toolbars/Menus and delete the Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar, quit, and relaunch, the toolbar magically shows up again. Even after saying that yes, I want to save the changes I made the the “PDFMaker.dot” file, whatever that is (you only get this warning in Word, not Excel).
If the PDF Maker Toolbar did not always re-spawn under the main toolbar (even if positioned to the right before quitting, closing the PDF Maker Toolbar before quit does not keep it closed either) I would be OK with it. It is a worthless palette on my screen but it is out of the way. Since it shows up the Standard Toolbar and above the document window, it is an annoyance (the PDF Maker Toolbar shows up between the Standard and Equation Toolbar in Excel). I like to be able to use the maximum resolution of my screen for my open documents.
There is an easy solution to this problem. I only found out after finding that this toolbar was in fact called “Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar.” After searches for “Adobe” and “Acrobat” I finally found “PDF” inside the MS Office folder.
I say delete these files. Mainly because it is SLOWER to use this palette then to use the Save PDF… button or the Virtual PDF Printer. This is not suprising because of how slow Office has become. Office 2004 is slower then Office v. X, so I am going to assume that to PDF a document in Word 2004 with the PDF Maker is slower then completing the same tast in Office v. X.
Kill these files:
Hard Drive/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/PDFMakerLib
Hard Drive/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Startup/Word/PDFMaker.dot
Hard Drive/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Startup/PowerPoint/PDFMaker.ppa
Hard Drive/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Startup/Excel/PDFMaker.xla
The next time you launch Acrobat 6, you will get an error message asking to repair PDFMaker. Uncheck PDFMaker, check Don’t show this again, and click Continue. That is the end of the annoyance.
The cat came back, the very next day! OK I have had it with this irritating #$&@! Right-Click on Acrobat 6 Pro and choose Show Package Contents Now go here: Contents/ MacOS/ SelfHealFiles/ and delete the PDFMaker folder. Do the exact same thing to Distiller 6. You may have to go into your Office folder and delete the 4 files outlined above.
IT IS NOW GONE FOR GOOD. It will not come back now. Adobe are you listening?!? THIS SHOULD BE AN OPTION.
This hint works in Office X & 2004 on Mac OS X, and now has been confirmed to work in Office 2003 Pro for Windows, thanks to the latest comment by Doug!
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