It appears that Acrobat CS3 gives you a choice of whether or not to install the toolbar. Hooray! So the best solution appears to be upgrade … ugh.
Updated 6/20/2007, original post below
Here are two methods to remove the Acrobat toolbar from Mac Office applications. These suggestions work better than my original tip!
1. Find your Adobe Acrobat app inside your Applications folder
2. Right click on the application and choose show package contents
3. Go to Contents/MacOS/SelfHealFiles/PDFMaker/
4. Drag the APP_Office folder somewhere (like your desktop)
5. Eh presto. No more annoyingness.
Tony Hodgson wrote:
Thanks for your original hint, but I found that by just moving the three files to the ..Office/Add-Ins folder I can control whether I want the PDFMaker tool bar visible or not through the Tools/Add-Ins menu item in each of the three Office applications.
Thanks to MacOSXHints.com, I successfully removed the pesky Acrobat toolbar from Office for Mac. However, I had to amalgamate pieces of advice from different sources.
After installing Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional, it automatically placed an Acrobat PDF toolbar within Word and Excel. This toolbar would be placed on its own, which became an eyesore. Trying to close out of it, or going to Views -> Toolbars -> Delete would only remove it until the program next started.
There is a fix for this, thankfully. Go to: Applications/Microsoft Office X/Office/Startup. Within that folder, go into Excel and remove PDFMaker.xla. Back up one level, then go into the Word folder and remove PDFMaker.dot. Problem solved.
I had to take one additional step. This piece of advice suggested that Acrobat would ask before reinstalling the Office toolbar. My experience (perhaps due to the newer version) was that Acrobat reinstalled the toolbar template without asking. I was able to block this by creating my own, blank template files of the same name (PDFMaker.dot, PDFMaker.xla, PDFMaker.ppa), saving them to the correct locations, and then locking them!. This has worked for one day now. I’ll write again if it fails in the future.
How pesky of Adobe to insist that their toolbar must exist in your Office!
Another update: If you run Adobe Acrobat Professional with this trick enabled, Acrobat will ask you to authenticate when launching and quit if you don’t authenticate! Of course, it wants to restore the template files. So, I keep a copy of my blank template files and recopy them into their locations when I use Acrobat. If you use Acrobat daily, I don’t know of a better fix.