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Adobe Reader disable Sign Pane

A newer feature in Adobe Reader is the Sign Pane. The Sign Pane allows users to electronically sign documents that have been created with a digital signature area. The only issue with this is that the vast majority of users will never need to utilise such a feature and it therefore takes up previous screen real estate when reading multi-page PDF documents. This post will show you how to disable this feature via the registry so it doesn’t bother you in the future. Although I expect reinstalling or upgrading Adobe Reader will cause the Sign Pane to reappear.

Sign Pane in Adobe Reader

Sign Pane in Adobe Reader.

Luckily simply toggling a registry key is all that is required to disable this ‘feature’. Please read on below to discover how to do this.

Windows XP

Click on Start->Run and type in regedit and press enter. When regedit appears navigate to:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cServices\bEnableEchoSignDetection

Set bEnableEchoSignDetection to 0 and close down regedit.

Windows 7

Click on the Start Orb and type in regedit and press enter. When regedit appears navigate to:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cServices\bEnableEchoSignDetection

Set bEnableEchoSignDetection to 0 and close down regedit.

Windows 8

Move your mouse to the lower left hand side of the screen and wait for the Start tile to popup then click on it. When you have clicked on it type in regedit and press enter.
When regedit appears navigate to:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cServices\bEnableEchoSignDetection

Set bEnableEchoSignDetection to 0 and close down regedit.

The Sign Pane should now be disabled.

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Jason Edwards

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