Howto: Disable PDFMaker toolbar in Outlook 2007 (PDFMOutlook.dll)

In Outlook 2007, Adobe PDFMaker may cause a lot trouble and frustration. In addition, many people don’t use the PDFMOutlook plugin. To be honest, I didn’t even know the PDFMaker toolbar existed in Outlook 2007 :)

Because of this, I decided to remove the PDFMOutlook toolbar completely. You can delete the PDFMOutlook toolbar in three ways:

  1. Uninstall Adobe Acrobat
  2. Delete PDFMOutlook.dll
  3. Unregister PDFMOutlook.dll

Uninstall Adobe Acrobat

To uninstall Adobe Acrobat, follow these steps:

  1. Close Outlook and Adobe Acrobat
  2. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl and click OK
  3. Select Adobe Acrobat and press Remove / Uninstall

Delete PDFMOutlook.dll

To delete PDFMOutlook.dll, follow these steps:

  1. Close Outlook and Adobe Acrobat
  2. Open Windows Explorer, and navigate to
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\PDFMaker\Mail\Outlook
    If you own another version than Adobe Acrobat 7, your path will differ in this version number
  3. Delete PDFMOutlook.dll if it exists

Optional

  1. Click Start, click Search, click For Files and Folders, click All Files and Folders, type PDFMOutlook.dll and click Search
  2. Delete all PDFMOutlook.dll files that are found during the Search

Unregister PDFMOutlook.dll

To unregister the PDFMOUtlook.dll, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, copy and paste the following string to your text field:
    regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\PDFMaker\Mail\Outlook\PDFMOutlook.dll”
  2. A notification pops up that tells you that the file has been unregistered. If the pop up notifies you that the file cannot be found, then double check the directory you typed in.

If you ever need to make a PDF inside Outlook again, then just repeat the process, but leave the /u out of the line. So, in aboves case, to re-register the file, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, copy and paste the following string to your text field:
    regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\PDFMaker\Mail\Outlook\PDFMOutlook.dll”
  2. A notification pops up that tells you that the file has been registered. If the pop up notifies you that the file cannot be found, then double check the directory you typed in.

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Josh
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You can also disable the add-in in Outlook.
Tools > Trust Center > Add-ins.
In the Manage box at the bottom, select COM Add-ins and click Go.

Uncheck the box(es) for the add-in(s) you don’t want. If something doesn’t work, it’s easy to enable the add-in again.

Sean
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If you are visiting to remove PDFMaker from Visio, rename the file “PDFMVisio.vsl” to something such as “PDFMVisio.vslx”. The file is located in the same office directory as stated above, depending on your version of Acrobat.

pushd “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\PDFMaker\Office\”
ren PDFMVisio.vsl PDFMVisio.vslx
popd

The Dood
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Thanks man. This has been driving me insane for about 2 months now. Open outlook at get notified of problems with the data file.

Research said it was probably another program locking it open. I suspected itunes and other programs. Acrobat PDF maker was the last thing I suspected.

Your post opened my eyes and you are right, unregistering the DLL was the simplest thing to do.

This worked on Vista with outlook 2007 and Acrobat 7.0

Alan
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Outlook 2007 & PDF maker.
Thank you, fix was a BIG help!

Tom
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Correcting a small typo: The actual pathname is:

regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\PDFMaker\Mail\Outlook\PDFMOutlook.dll”

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