Objective

When you open any PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC, by default the tools pane or the RHP is visible. How can you hide or close the RHP by default whenever opening any PDF?

Environment

Windows
Adobe Acrobat DC
Acrobat Reader DC

Steps

You can permanently close the tools pane in Adobe Acrobat DC by modifying the value of a registry key. 

To permanently hide the RHP in Adobe Acrobat DC, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC\AVGeneral].
  3. By default, bExpandRHPinViewer is already present at this location change its value to 0.

To do the same for Acrobat Reader DC, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral].
  3. By default, bExpandRHPinViewer is already present at this location change its value to 0​.

Additional information


You can also have the settings through Acrobat Reader DC preferences as documented in the following article:

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/disable-right-hand-pane-in-acrobat-reader.html.

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