Ever notice how it now takes a year for Acrobat Reader to load up? You can speed it up about 20x or so, by moving the plugins you don't use out of the "startup" folder. If you put the files into the "optional" folder, I believe it will still be able to find them when you want to use them, and it will load them then.
A reasonable default is to leave ewh32.api, search.api, and reflow.api in your plugins directory, and move everything else into the optional folder.
You can make a disabled_plugins directory if you want them to be really gone.
Posted by Jon Daley on August 19, 2004, 10:22 pm | Read 53867 times
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I personally despise how it constantly creates a "My eBooks" folder on load. Deleting ebook.api solves that problem, too!

Posted by David July on August 25, 2004, 4:30 pm

After playing around with plugins and various pdf documents, I now have only these plugins active:
  • escript.api
  • ewh32.api
  • search.api
  • search5.api
  • VDKHome directory
This set up has worked with all pdfs I have opened, and gives the fastest results.
Posted by jondaley on December 10, 2004, 11:52 am

Acrobat was being annoying today, and kept re-installing itself on the desktop and start menu. I don't want it there, that's why I deleted it... ugh.
I found a utility to fix it.
Posted by jondaley on February 10, 2005, 8:35 pm

I have done the same with Acrobat 8.0 which vastley improves the loading, but I has an annoying delay on scrolling. Adobe support say they don;t experience this but I've seen it on 3 different machines.

Basically the 1st scroll movement has about a 1/2 second delay, after that it's ok. If you then wait a secound, or two the 1st movement is delayed again.

There's also a delay in displaying the open document when toggling between Acrobat & another window. It's tha actual document window that is delayed & not the whole of the application window.

Does anyone have any suggestions???

Posted by JohnG on April 24, 2007, 4:08 am

Do you have "smooth scrolling" turned on in Internet Explorer? I always turn that off, as it causes delays when scrolling in various applications.

Posted by jondaley on April 24, 2007, 4:36 am


I had the same problem with delayed scrolling and followed jondaley's suggestion to turn of "use smooth scrolling" in IE. It worked! Now Adobe Acrobat scrolls with no delay. Thanks!

Here's a link showing where the "use smooth scrolling" option can be turned on/off in IE:



Posted by Aaron on June 23, 2007, 2:55 pm
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