How to disable Signature Field Detected Everytime document is opened

Just downloaded the latest update to adobe, now everytime you open a document a green bar comes up on the top that says "Signature Fields Detected and Open Sign Panel. It's annoying and I can't disable it. How can you disable this feature. When you click it on, it makes you save the document to your desk top. There has to be a way to disable it. I tried unchecking the box "verify signatures when the document is open, but that didn't work. Please it's driving me crazy

jane burch

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Very annoying - this feature as well as Adobe products in general. I have an easy fix - but you have to edit the registry. Use this information at your own risk, always back up your registry before making changes, blah, blah, blah, etc.

You need to change the value "bEnableEchoSignDetection" (located at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown\cServices) to 0. I did not have a cServices or bEnableEchoSignDetection entry at all, so I had to create it. To see what it should look like, go to

Or you can download the registry entry I created that will automatically do it for you here -

Here is the content of the key if you want to do it manually. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockDown\cServices] "bEnableEchoSignDetection"=dword:00000000

My source if you want to read up on it - (see Signing with EchoSign section).

Good luck!

By Harvey Balls   

I did the same thing and didn't work... there is nothing out there yet to show you how to disable the pop up.

Kellee Statt   

I'm also looking for the answer to this annoying pop-up.

Peter Jensen   

Please add me to the list.

Jeffrey Wilens   

Every time they update Acrobat or Reader they seem to add another annoyance nowadays.

I wish Adobe would stop trying to push their other apps onto people who have already spent money on existing ones.

I am not interested in EchoSign, FormsCentral or or any other cloud apps (apart from CC) which Adobe keep flogging like a dead horse.

Some exec somewhere has obviously said "we desperately need more sales of these cloud apps - put something into the desktop apps which is really 'in your face' and reminds people of our cloud apps".

As many people point out, why are people going to get these apps from Adobe when (apart from maybe EchoSign) there are more mature products out there from other companies which are far better? SendNow - when we have Dropbox etc? FormsCentral - when we have SurveyMonkey etc?

Please stop annoying users who have spent money on Acrobat - if these cloud apps were so great, we'd have switched already. Try adding them to CC for free instead, and maybe usage would increase.

Mike Mac   

I added the "bEnableEchoSignDetection" as you showed at, and it worked perfectly. Took a reboot, of course, but the annoyance is gone.

Thanks so much.

Mike Boike   

For those of you that the registry edit did not work, let me say that it did work for me, I found that i had to edit both the "Acrobat Reader" and the " Adobe Acrobat" key, in the manner stated above in (Harvey Balls) post. Many registry edits i've read that people have listed in forums says to edit the "Acrobat Reader" key, but it would be advisable to edit both "Acrobat Reader" and "Adobe Acrobat" registry keys.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockDown

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\FeatureLockDown

hope this helps.

William B   

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