Banishing Office's Acrobat palettes

Reader David Black continues to be pestered by the Adobe Acrobat plug-ins that appear in Microsoft Office applications. He writes:

As per your tip [from the recent Outwit PDF Annoyances article in Macworld’s September 2006 issue], throwing away the respective Office files works, but even when I tell Acrobat 7 to not repair and not show repair it still goes ahead and reinstalls the startup files to Office. Is there somewhere to find and trash this repair function in Adobe?

I’ve been able to keep the PDFMaker plug-ins at bay, but others have reported that Acrobat can be mighty persistent in this regard. If Acrobat continues in its insistence, you can deal with it this way:

Navigate to /Applications/Microsoft Office version number /Office/Startup, and open the Excel, PowerPoint, and Word folders. If they contain the PDFMaker.xla, PDFMaker.ppa, and PDFMaker.dot files, respectively, toss out these PDFMaker files. Now select the Excel folder, press Command-I, and enable the Locked option in the resulting Info window. Follow the same procedure for the PowerPoint and Word folders.

Launch Acrobat. When you do you’re likely going to be asked to enter your Administrator’s password. Acrobat is trying to look into those folders and since they’re locked, Acrobat needs your permission to peek. Enter your password when requested. When the Repair Setup window appears, disable the PDFMaker option. Be sure to also instruct Acrobat to no longer show the Repair Setup window when you launch the program.

From this point forward the PDFMaker palettes should no longer appear in your Office applications and Acrobat should launch without requiring you to enter an Administrator’s password.

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