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How do I close the welcome screen in Adobe Acrobat X (also Acrobat Pro X). It's very annoying to see this every time you start the program and have no document open.

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Note: In Mac OS, you can turn off the Welcome Screen by setting a preference. Choose Acrobat/Reader > Preferences. In the Categories on the left, click General. In the Application Startup section, deselect Show Welcome Screen. There is no similar option in Windows.

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This distinction actually makes sense: Windows has no concept of a running application without windows — that's why there are hacks using "minimize to systray" and similar behavior. Something needs to be displayed beyond a splash screen, and this is their way to design it. On OS X, it's slightly different due to the global menu bar. – Daniel Beck Nov 16 '11 at 20:29

Do you mean the splash screen? You can disable it in Edit - Preferences - General enter image description here

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You must have Reader version 10.1.1 to do this. 10.1 and earlier will not suffice.

Open the registry editor (RegEdit.exe), and navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown\cWelcomeScreen

I had to create that last key (cWelcomeScreen). Right-click the cWelcomeScreen key, and select New | DWORD value. The new value appears in the right pane. Name it bShowWelcomeScreen. Leave the value set to zero (0).


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