In Acrobat and Reader X, Adobe introduces the Welcome Screen feature, which lists recent files viewed when you open a blank Acrobat or Reader window.

However, in Acrobat amd Reader X (version 10.0 – 10.1) for Windows, there was no option to hide the Welcome screen.

Note: Acrobat and Reader X (version 10.0) for Mac OS X has a user preference to hide Welcome screen.

In the Acrobat the Reader X (version 10.1.1) update, Adobe has added the capability to hide the Welcome screen for Windows, via the Windows registry.

Hide the Welcome screen

You can disable the Acrobat or Reader Welcome screen by following the steps below.


Disclaimer: This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Adobe doesn't provide support for editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. Make sure to back up the registry before editing it. For more information about the registry, see the Windows documentation or contact Microsoft.

  1. Install the  Acrobat or Reader X update (version 10.1.1).
  2. Exit Acrobat or Reader.
  3. Launch Registry Editor (Start > Run > RegEdit).
  4. Browse to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockDown" and create a New Key "cWelcomeScreen".
  5. Within cWelcomeScreen, create a DWORD Value "bShowWelcomeScreen" and set its value to "0."
  6. Restart Acrobat or Reader X.

Mac OS X

Method 1 (via the user interface)

  1. Launch Acrobat X.
  2. Choose Acrobat > Preferences > General.
  3. Under  the Application Startup section, deselect Show Welcome Screen.
  4. Restart Acrobat or Reader X.

Method 2 (via Property list)

Note: This preference is user-specific preference and global.

  1. Quit Acrobat or Reader X.
  2. Open the Apple Property List Editor (supplied with the Apple SKD) or another property list-editor application..
  3. Open the file "~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Acrobat.Pro.plist" (or 'com.adobe.Reader.plist' for Reader X).
  4. Select Root to see the subentries.
  5. Under '/Root/10/AVGeneral' locate the 'ShowWelcomeScreen'key. If the key does not exist, create it.
Item 0 = Number = 0
Item 1 = Boolean = √
  1. Deselect the Boolean value (set it to 'false') to disable Welcome screen.
  2. Save the plist file.
  3. Quit the plist editor.
  4. Restart Acrobat or Reader X.

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