The new Adobe Reader DC looks nice but then when you go to use it, you have less work space. So how do you remove the right hand pane (This contains export pdf, create pdf, edit pdf, etc.) on Reader DC? (It takes up a quarter of the screen and many people don’t even use the tools.)
To remove it temporarily, you can either click the Right Hand Panel bar or you can use the keys Control+H to go into “Read Mode”. Note that “Read Mode” just displays the document and no panels. Also note that “Read Mode” does not stay between documents or sessions either. Opening another document brings the right hand pane back.
If you are an avid reader of PDF’s and do not need the tools, here is a permanent solution.
Open the install directory,
i.e.” C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU” or ” C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroApp\ENU
Create a new subfolder (I used “Disabled”). Move 3 files from the “ENU” folder into the new “Disabled” folder. (Exit Adobe reader first).
Open a PDF and the Tool Pane is gone. It does also disable some menu items so if you want to still use the tools, read on.
Backup the file called Viewer.aapp. Edit the file with notepad (the file is XML abd located in “Adobe/Acrobat Reader DC/Reader/AcroApp/ENU/Viewer.aapp”)
The file contains a few lines however, edit it so that the following line is the only remaining line.
<Application xmlns=”http://ns.adobe.com/acrobat/app/2014″ title=”Viewer” id=”Viewer” majorVersion=”1″ requiresDoc=”true” minorVersion=”0″/>
Now open Adobe DC and the tools pane is gone but the menu items still work.
Life can get back to some normallity.