Removing Acrobat X’s Default Actions

Acrobat X Action Icon

Acrobat X Pro ships with a number of default Actions to help you automate various processes.

While useful, you might wish instead to create some extra room in the Actions Wizard panel so that more of your own custom Actions will appear.

Unfortunately, you cannot delete the default Actions, at least from Acrobat itself.

However, if you have Administrator rights on your PC or Mac, you can remove them.

Removing Acrobat X Pro’s Default Actions

Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Quit Acrobat if it is running
  2. Navigate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Sequences\ENU
  3. Delete all the files inside this folder
  4. Restart Acrobat

Windows XP

  1. Quit Acrobat if it is running
  2. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Sequences\ENU
  3. Delete all the files inside this folder
  4. Restart Acrobat

Mac OSX

  1. Quit Acrobat if it is running
  2. Open your Application folder
  3. Locate the Adobe Acrobat X Pro folder and open it
  4. Right-click on Adobe Acrobat Pro.app and choose Show Package Contents
  5. The Contents folder will appear
    • Open the Resources folder
    • Scroll down to find the Sequences folder and open it
    • Open the ENU folder
    • Delete all the files inside
  6. Restart Acrobat
Playing Safe
You might wish to copy the Default Actions rather than delete them.

 

Troubleshooting

  • When I try to open the folder, the system says I don’t have access rights (or similar message).
    You need to be an administrator on your machine to make these changes. Contact your IT staff for help.
  • Can’t Find Acrobat in the Application Folder
    The instructions below are for Acrobat in the default location by the Acrobat installer. If you or your IT staff installed Acrobat in an alternate folder it may not be in this location

  • Can’t Find the Sequences Folder
    An Acrobat Action needs to be run at least once after installation before the Sequences folder is created
  • I found a Sequences folder, but none of the standard Actions are inside.
    You are looking at the User directory which contains your custom sequences. Instead, navigate to the proper directory above.


2 Responses to Removing Acrobat X’s Default Actions

  1. Maree Neal says:

    This trial product of Adobe acrobat x is bastard of a thing… I cannot remove it… I cannot stop the pop-ups. And its interferring with Mozilla. Your help please.
    I have tried “remove programme” and its a returning cures.

    • Rick Borstein says:

      I’m sorry I don’t know how to troubleshoot these kinds of installation issues. I might suggest re-installing the Trial, rebooting, then uninstalling. Other than that, you will need to call Adobe Tech Support in your local country.