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Speed Up Adobe Reader 8

May 26, 2007

Originally on Lifehacker… quite possibly the greatest blog EVER.

All you want to do is view that PDF, but Adobe Reader takes forever to load, especially on an older PC. If an Adobe Reader alternative isn’t a possibility for you, the Arsgeek weblog’s got a quick speedup tip for Adobe Reader 8’s excruciatingly slow load time. Just remove the “accessability.api” file.

To remove this ‘feature’ simply navigate to your %Program Files%\Adobe\Reader 8.0\reader\plug_ins folder, and rename (delete, copy elsewhere) the ‘accessability.api’ file. The same file exists, but in slightly different locations, in older version of Acrobat Reader.

Arsgeek warns that removing the accessability.api file will take with it Adobe’s ability to read documents out-loud. I’m willing to trade Adobe reading my documents out-loud like Ben Stein for the increase in speed. Goodbye, accessability.api!

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