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Mar
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adobe reader x screenA lot of users are complaining about the latest Adobe Reader X. In fact, every time they open it a “Open a recent File” splash screen pop-ups on the computer monitor. This is very annoying and disturbing because if you open a pdf document you will have to manually close the screen if you want to view your document or turn off  Adobe. Such a issue also appears after all files are closed. Adobe Reader X will show the box screen with a list of the latest, most used files. Let’s see how to turn off  and remove the offending screen for good!

If you want to disable the “Open a recent file” screen in Adobe Reader X, follow the below steps. Please note that this is a bug and at the moment there is no setting to tweak in order to turn off this “feature”. The only way we can fix it is to reduce and diminish the list from the default 5 files to 1 (0 is not available).

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the following Windows registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Adobe\ Adobe Acrobat\ 10.0\ AVGeneral\ cRecentFiles
  4. Delete it the key for good.

The above trick is only a temporary solution as the listing will get populated by other entries as you open new pdf files. A more “stable” solution is to apply the procedure below to clear and temporary remove the “Open a recent file” screen whenever you want.

  1. Open your Windows Notepad.
  2. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral\cRecentFiles]

  3. Save the files as ClearAcrobatRecent.reg
  4. Please make sure the new file will have .reg extension and not .txt extension.
  5. Place the file on the desktop.
  6. Whenever the recently opened files become too full with entries, click the ClearAcrobatRecent.reg file.



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11 Comments to “Turn Off and Remove Adobe Reader X “Open a Recent File” Screen Issue”

  1. Tom Says:

    raba1der – This doesn’t work for me. That stupid “Open a Recent File” screen still appears.

    – I get to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Adobe\ Adobe Reader\ 10.0\ AVGeneral\ cRecentFiles
    – I right click to get to Permissions…go to Advanced… uncheck “Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects. Include these with entries explicitly defined here.”

    This does remove the recent files listed, but the “Open a Recent File” and “Acrobat.com Services” screen still appears. I’m guessing Adobe forces this so we’d always see their Services listed.

    I’m using Adobe Reader X 10.1.3.

    Any thoughts?

    Tom

  2. Matthew Says:

    raba1der – THE BEST SOLUTION!!!!!THX.IT WORKS!CONGRATULATION FOR THIS TRIP.GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Matt

  3. @Cookie Says:

    I hope you read this Cookie.

    Do these following steps:
    1.Click Start.
    2.In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
    3.Locate the following Windows registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Adobe\ Adobe Acrobat\ 10.0\ AVGeneral\ cRecentFiles

    Click on cRecentFiles to reveal it’s content, than erase ALL of the documents from the C1, C2,C3 and C4 Folders.

    When that is done -Right-click cRecentFiles and choose Permissions.(Hold in right mouse button)
    -Click Advanced
    -Remove the check on “Include iheritable permissions….”
    -It will ask you if you want to Add the permission inherited or Remove them. Choose Remove and then Ok.

    All of this steps are performed with Regedit open.

    – On step 3 you just click your way through the folders, starting with HKEY_CURRENT_USER and so on..

    Best wishes from Sweden

  4. Cr4z33 Says:

    Thanks raba1der.
    Most effective solution I found around! :thumbup:

  5. John Says:

    My work-around on my Mac is to change settings to open all pdf’s with Preview. I know, it doesn’t let me do what Acrobat does, but for simply reading .pdfs…my god, to sit here and expect that stupid screen to show up and then…it doesn’t. A peace settles across my chest. I exhale slowly, shoulders relaxing as I do, and it dawns me — it’s all going to me okay. That screen thing, it won’t pop up. It’s gone! We can go out into the sunshine again! Ding dong the witch is dead!

  6. cookie Says:

    Question… I’ve created the ClearAcrobatRecent.reg files as listed in steps 1 -5. But I don’t quite understand the “better fix” to deny Acrobat X access to the registry key:

    “Follow the guide above, but instead of deleteing the whole key, just delete all content.
    -Right-click cRecentFiles and choose Permissions.”

    How are these steps performed? How can I right-click cRecentfiles? Once I double-click the .reg file on my desktop it runs. Right-clicking the .reg file on my desktop does not give me any options like “permissions” that lead to the next steps:

    “Click Advanced
    -Remove the check on “Include iheritable permissions….”
    -It will ask you if you want to Add the permission inherited or Remove them. Choose Remove and then Ok.”

    Could you step me through this process? Thank you, everyone, for all your help!!!

  7. fakie Says:

    thanks alot for the info…helps a lot….

  8. Justpassingby Says:

    raba1der, that’s brilliant. No downside so far with Reader X.

  9. Ronn Says:

    Thank everyone here from the bottom of my heart!! I have struggled for years with the damn list on Adobe,and THANKS to YOU that stupid list is gone. I appreciate it more than words can tell for listing this information. One more pain in the ass useless information gone from the stupid makers of Adobe Reader

  10. 57odd75 Says:

    raba1der, that tip for denying access to the registry key is great!

  11. raba1der Says:

    A better way is to deny Reader access to that register key.

    This will work on Vista and Windows 7. It will work on xp as well, but the menus behave a little different, but not so much that it should be a problem to follow the instructions.

    -Follow the guide above, but instead of deleteing the whole key, just delete all content.
    -Right-click cRecentFiles and choose Permissions.
    -Click Advanced
    -Remove the check on “Include iheritable permissions….”
    -It will ask you if you want to Add the permission inherited or Remove them. Choose Remove and then Ok.

    You now have no permission to write to this key, so Reader cannot add any entries to it. It will however behave normally and just ignore that it could’nt write to the key. Every time you now open Reader, the list will be empty.


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