Disable 'Save changes' dialog in Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is a widely used program for viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. It is available for free from Adobe and can be installed on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices.

As a system administrator, you may find it necessary to disable the Save Changes dialog box in Adobe Reader. This dialog box appears when a user attempts to save a document that has been modified in some way, such as by adding text or making changes to the document’s layout. This feature is enabled by default and can be a nuisance if users are saving frequently or if documents are being shared among a group of people.

Fortunately, disabling the Save Changes dialog box in Adobe Reader is relatively simple. All you need to do is locate the Preferences folder in the program’s installation folder and open it. Depending on the operating system and version of Adobe Reader, the Preferences folder may be located in different locations. On Windows, it is usually located in the C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Acrobat Reader folder. On macOS, it is usually located in the /Applications/Adobe Acrobat Reader folder.

Once the Preferences folder is located, open it and locate the folder named “Display.” Inside this folder should be a file named “Display.ini”. Open this file with a text editor and locate the following line:


Change the value from 1 to 0, save the file, and restart Adobe Reader. The Save Changes dialog box will now be disabled and users will no longer be prompted to save changes when they are making modifications to a document.

The change will take effect immediately, but it is important to note that it can be easily reversed. If you want to re-enable the Save Changes dialog box, simply open the Display.ini file again, change the value back to 1, save the file, and restart Adobe Reader.

Disabling the Save Changes dialog box in Adobe Reader can be a useful feature for system administrators. It can help improve efficiency by allowing users to quickly save changes without having to confirm the action each time. It also helps to reduce clutter by removing the dialog box from the user interface.

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