Fixed: Removing the "Edit with Acrobat" Ad in Edge's PDF Viewer.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced they would be partnering with Adobe to improve the PDF reader engine built into Edge. This change is rolling out, and as part of it there is a new "Edit with Acrobat" advertisement in the Edge PDF toolbar. I'm seeing customer impact from this, so here's the skinny on how to save yourself some helpdesk calls.
When this is turned on, there are two visual changes.
First, this tiny watermark in the lower-right margin.
Second, an "Edit with Acrobat" link in the upper right. When this is clicked, it drops down an ad for the user to subscribe to Acrobat. THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR ENTERPRISES. Most users will ignore it, but we all have special friends that call the helpdesk to ask about new stuff, or worse, buy it and try to expense it. :|
The Microsoft link describing disabling "Edit with Acrobat" is here:
Microsoft Edge Browser Policy Documentation: ShowAcrobatSubscriptionButton | Microsoft Learn
"Shows button on native PDF viewer in Microsoft Edge that allows users to sign up for Adobe Acrobat subscription" To remove the ad, set this policy to DISABLED.
Value Name: ShowAcrobatSubscriptionButton
Value Type: REG_DWORD
- 0 disables/hides the button
- 1 (or if the key doesn’t exist) shows the button
A copy/paste-able one-liner to create that registry key and disable this is ... (This requires administrative rights):
So how can I test this?
I hope this helps.