Acrobat command line options

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Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) is an application developed by Adobe that reads PDF files. It supports printing, annotation, rights-managed content and can be launched from within a Web browser. If you would like to launch Adobe Reader, you can do so by navigating to its directory on the command line and sending commands to "AcroRd32.exe," the main executable file for Adobe Reader. These command line options allow you to alter the way the program behaves as it starts up.

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You can force Adobe Reader to launch a new process of itself, rather than opening an existing instance. This is done by running the command "AcroRd32.exe /n."

Hide Splash Screen

An Adobe logo splash screen that shows the progress of the application's load appears when you first launch Adobe Reader. This functionality can be disabled by launching the application with "AcroRd32.exe /s."

Don't Show the Open File Dialog

Some versions of Adobe Reader launch with the "Open File.." dialogue appearing on your screen. This dialogue asks you to navigate to the location of a PDF file it can read. This can be stopped by opening the program on the command line with the command "AcroRd32.exe /o."

Open Minimized

If you want to load Adobe Reader but want it to stay minimised until you request it appear you can accomplish this by running the program with the command "AcroRd32.exe /h."

Print

Sometimes the only reason a PDF file is being accessed is so it can be sent directly to the printer. You can launch a file with the printer dialogue open immediately by sending the command "AcroRd32.exe /p <file>" and replacing <file> with the path to the PDF document.

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