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Remove shell extensions after installing Adobe Acrobat

A pet peeve of mine are context menu extensions… Why software vendors decide to include non optional context menu addons are besides me! A good example of this would be Adobe.

when right clicking  on an office document Adobe decided  “Combine supported files in acrobat” to be we all must have, fine in the wild… but not so good in a shared desktop environment.

To remove this from your Citrix environment / Desktop simply run this command:

REGSVR32 /u "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat Elements\ContextMenu.dll.

If you also wish to remove the New > file type associations that Adobe decide to push in, heres a script to do so:

REG DELETE HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xdp\AcroExch.XDPDoc\ShellNew /f
 REG DELETE HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xdp\ShellNew /f

Update:

With the move to 64 bit platforms, a new dll has been put in place:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat Elements\contextmenu64.dll

This dll add’s the following items to the context menu:

  • Convert to Adobe PDF
  • Convert to Adobe PDF and Email.

If you wish to remove these, run the following command:

REGSVR32 /u "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat Elements\ContextMenu64.dll"
  1. January 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I appreciate the information you present here, I’ve spent days looking for such; just not in the fashion you may have intended it to be used. 🙂 I actually use the combine files context menu often because I work with hundreds of files on a daily basis; I receive such in a plethora of varying formats; I find it really handy to be able to collect them from the directory where they are dumped, right click and convert everything — no matter the format — into PDF.

    I definitely understand what you are saying though; I too find it really annoying that most software packages that get installed assume they will be the center of focus for ones world and as such commence with commandeering my system; Adobe just happens to be among the few that I have found the feature handy.

    Thanks!
    Gus

  2. January 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Ha ha!

    Well despite our different opinions at least the fix worked both ways!

    Regards

    A

  3. DWi
    February 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

    @ Gus Haner: The thing is, you don’t need this extra context menu to convert to PDF when Windows already has one that is similar: Print.

  4. David Silverman
    March 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve tried every recommended fix, and my context menus from Acrobat Pro 10 for Combining Files still does not display.

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