How to Bypass Acrobat PDFWriter's Save As Dialog Box

By default, Adobe Acrobat PDFWriter displays the Save As dialog box each time you create a PDF file so you can specify a name and location for it. You can disable this dialog box for Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0 and earlier in Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT. To do so, edit Acrobat PDFWriter's preferences in the Win.ini file (Windows 95 and Windows 98) or the __pdf.ini file (Windows NT with Acrobat PDFWriter 3.0x only) so that Acrobat PDFWriter automatically names PDF files and saves them to a specified location. You can also disable the Document Info dialog box that appears by default. In Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0 for Windows NT 4.0, you need to add registry entries to disable the Save As and Document Info dialog boxes.
 
Please note that you can specify only one default name and location when you edit the preferences file --- all PDF files you create will be saved with the same name and to the same location. After you create each PDF file, either rename it or move it to a different location. Otherwise, each new PDF file you create will replace an older file. 
 
Note: In Windows NT, editing the preferences file works only with Acrobat PDFWriter 3.02 or earlier. Acrobat PDFWriter 3.03 for Windows NT does not let you make changes to its __pdf.ini file. For Acrobat PDFWriter 3.03, you must use the Save As dialog box to specify a file name and location for each PDF file. Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0 doesn't include a __pdf.ini file.
 

Acrobat PDFWriter 3.02 and Earlier

 
To edit Acrobat PDFWriter 3.02 and earlier's preferences file:
  1. Make a backup copy of the Win.ini file in the Windows folder (Windows 95 or Windows 98). In Windows NT, make a backup copy of the __pdf.ini file in the same folder as the Acrobat PDFWriter printer driver (this is usually the Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32x86\2 folder).
    Note: If you have more than one Win.ini file or __pdf.ini file on your system, make the changes to each file. Adobe recommends that you have only one of either file on your system.
  2. Open the original Win.ini or __pdf.ini file in a text-editing application that can save in text-only format (e.g., WordPad). Locate the [Acrobat PDFWriter] section of the file. If there isn't an [Acrobat PDFWriter] section, create one immediately after the [Ports] section.
  3. To automate the naming of PDF files and disable the Save As dialog box, type the following line and then press Enter:
    PDFFilename=[name].pdf here
    name] is the name you want to use for your PDF files.
  4. If you want to save PDF files to a specified location, type the path to that location and then press Enter. For example,
    C:\Pdffiles\[name].pdf
  5. To disable the Document Info dialog box, type the following line and then press Enter:
    bDocInfo=0
  6. Save the file in text-only format.
  7. Restart Windows.

Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0 in Windows 95 and Windows 98

To edit Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0's preferences file:
  1. Make a backup copy of the Win.ini file in the Windows folder.
    Note: If you have more than one Win.ini file on your system, make the changes to each file. Adobe recommends that you have only one of either file on your system.
  2. Open the original Win.ini file in a text-editing application that can save in text-only format (e.g., WordPad). Locate the [Acrobat PDFWriter] section of the file. If there isn't an [Acrobat PDFWriter] section, create one immediately after the [Ports] section.
  3. To automate the naming of PDF files and disable the Save As dialog box, type the following line and then press Enter:
    PDFFilename=[name].pdf
    where [name] is the name you want to use for your PDF files.
  4. If you want to save PDF files to a specified location, type the path to that location and then press Enter. For example,
    C:\Pdffiles\[name].pdf
  5. To disable the Document Info dialog box, type the following line and then press Enter:
    bDocInfo=0
  6. Save the file in text-only format.
  7. Restart Windows.

Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0 in Windows NT 4.0

To edit Acrobat PDFWriter 4.0's registry information:
  1. Restart Windows and log in as Adminstrator.
  2. Exit from all applications.
  3. Choose Start > Run.
  4. Type "regedit" in the Open text box and click OK.
  5. Choose Registry > Export Registry File, specify a location and name for a backup registry file in the Export Registry File dialog box, and then click Save.
  6. Open to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat PDFWriter key (i.e., folder).
  7. Right-click the Acrobat PDFWriter Key and choose New > String Value from the pop-up menu.
  8. Type "PDFFileName" for the new value.
  9. Right-click the newly created string value PDFFileName and choose Modify from the pop-up menu.
  10. Type the name of the PDF file you want automatically generated in the Value Data field, followed by an asterisk, and then press Enter. For example, type "Mypdf.pdf*." If you want to save the PDF files to a specified location, type the path to that location, followed by an asterisk. For example, type "C:\MyPDFFiles\Mypdf.pdf*."
    Note: If an asterisk is not added to the end of the file name, Acrobat PDFWriter will delete the string value after using it.
  11. Right-click the Acrobat PDFWriter Key and choose New > String Value from the pop-up menu.
  12. Type "bDocInfo" for the new value.
  13. Right-click the newly created string value PDFFileName and choose Modify from the pop-up menu.
  14. Type "0" (zero) in the Value Data field, and then press Enter.
  15. Exit from the Registry Editor. (Your changes will be saved automatically.) 

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Last Modified On: December 10, 2016