Remove "Please wait while the document is being prepared for reading" Message in Adobe Reader 8

This has been frustrating me for a while, ever since I got a new laptop with Adobe Reader 8 pre-installed on it. Every single time I open a PDF, no matter what size, I have to wait for the “Content Preparation Progress” dialog that tells me the document is being prepared for reading. I’m prepared to read the document, why isn’t my computer?

To remove this message, just open up the following folder, making sure you adjust the path if you installed to a different location:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\plug_ins

You should see a file called Accessibility.api in that folder. Remove the file… you can delete it or just move it somewhere else.

Now the next time you use Adobe Reader, you might get this one-time message. Just make sure you check the box, and it will go away forever.

And that’s all you have to do. No more annoying dialogs. Of course, you should be using Foxit Reader instead of Adobe anyway.


Thanks for this tip goes to ArsGeek, which is a great site for some really geeky content. He’s had some great Ubuntu articles over the last year.

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