Possible incompatibilities between Office programs and the Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin add-in

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If you have the AdobeAcrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin add-in installed on your PC and your Office programs are crashing or not responding, it could mean that the current version installed on your PC isn't compatible with your Office version.

If you want to check to see if the add-in is installed on your PC, do this:

Open any Office application, and click File>Add-Ins if you have Office 2010, for Office 2013 and later versions, click File>Options>Add-Ins. You should see something similar to this which is in Outlook 2010.
The screen shot for the Add-Ins of Outlook Options window

There are 3 different ways to fix this issue:

Method 1: Upgrade your Adobe product
Note: Fees may apply to upgrade your Adobe product.

Check here to see which version of the Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin add-in is compatible with your Office version. If you see that your version isn't compatible, go ahead and try to upgrade your Adobe product to a later version that is compatible with your Office version.

If you're an advanced user and would like to check the PDFMOfficeAddin.dll version compatibility you can check
Office versionSupported PDFMaker add-in versions
(check PDFMOfficeAddin.dll version)
2010 (32-bit)10.x and higher
2010 (64-bit)10.1 and higher
2013 (32-bit)10.x and higher
2013 (64-bit)10.1 and higher
2016 (32-bit)10.x and higher
2016 (64-bit)10.1 and higher

Method 2: Use the Fix-it to automatically disable the Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin add-in
You can run the Fix-it below that will automatically disable the add-in for you.

IMPORTANT When you download the troubleshooter, click the Download button. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you're not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
For a Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 PC
Click on the Download button to disable the PDFMaker add-in.
For a Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 PC
Click on the Download button to disable the PDFMaker add-in.

Method 3: Manually disable the Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin add-in
If you have administrative permissions, you can also disable the add-in using the following steps in each Office program.

  1. Open your Office program and click on File>Options>Add-ins.
  2. In the Manage drop-down, select COM Add-Ins, and then click Go.
  3. Uncheck the box beside Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin as shown below in Office 2010, and then click OK.
    The screen shot for the COM Add-Ins
If you weren't able to disable the add-in by following the steps above, move on to the steps below:

Warning: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

First, close the Office program that you're having issues with when the PDFMaker add-in is loaded and follow the steps below to start the Registry editor:
For a Windows 8 PC
From the Start screen, start typing CMD. In the results pane, swipe down on Command Prompt to reveal the charm bar, then click Run as administrator on the charm bar. If you are using a mouse, right-click Command Prompt to reveal the charm bar.
For a Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP PC:

  1. Click Start>All Programs>Accessories.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and then select Run as administrator.

Now, click on the Office program below that you're having problems with and follow the steps listed to manually disable the PDFMaker add-in:
Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint or Publisher


Note: The <Office program> shown in the below registry key paths represents the name of the Office program that you're having issues with when the PDFMaker add-in is installed.
  1. Find and select the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\<Office program>\addins\Pdfmaker.OfficeAddin

    a. If the PDFmaker.<Office program>Addin key exists, modify the Load Behavior value under the key to 0 and continue to step 2.

    b. If the PDFmaker.<Office program>Addin key does not exist, continue to step 2.

  2. Repeat step 1 using both of these registry keys:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\<Office program>\Addins\PDFMaker.OfficeAddin
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\<Office program>\Addins\PDFMaker.OfficeAddin
  3. Close the Registry editor and open the Office program.
Outlook
  1. Find and select the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\Outlook\addins\PdfmOutlook.PDFMOutlook

    a. If the PdfmOutlook.PDFMOutlook key exists, modify the Load Behaviorvalue under the key to 0 and continue to step 2.

    b. If the PdfmOutlook.PDFMOutlook key does not exist, continue to step 2.
  2. Repeat step 1 using both of the following registry keys:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\office\Outlook\addins\PdfmOutlook.PDFMOutlook
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\PdfmOutlook.PDFMOutlook

  3. Exit the Registry Editor and open Outlook.
Visio
  1. Find and select the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\Visio\addins\PDFMVisio.PDFMVisioCOMAddin

    Note The above registry path does not include the \Office subkey like the registry path used by other Office programs.

    a. If the PDFMVisio.PDFMVisioCOMAddin exists, modify the LoadBehavior value under the key to 0 and continue to step 2.

    b. If the PDFMVisio.PDFMVisioCOMAddin key does not exist, continue to step 2.
  2. Repeat step 1 using both of the following registry keys:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Visio\addins\PDFMVisio.PDFMVisioCOMAddin
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Visio\addins\PDFMVisio.PDFMVisioCOMAddin

  3. Exit the Registry Editor and open Visio.

Disclaimer: The third-party products discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.



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Article ID: 2800094 - Last Review: 09/30/2015 01:47:00 - Revision: 7.0

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