11. December 2012 · Comments Off on Missing “Convert to Adobe PDF” menu · Categories: Adobe · Tags: , , , ,

Many Acrobat users love the context menus added to Windows Explorer that allow them to right-click a file (of any supported type) and convert it into a PDF file, or right-click a selection of multiple files and either convert them all, or combine them into a single PDF file or PDF Portfolio.  On occasion, this context menu disappears during updates. If that happens to you, there’s a way to bring it back

These are the instructions for Windows 7 64-bit and Acrobat X


  • Right-click “Command Prompt” and choose “Run as Administrator”
  • Type the following single line, including the quotes, and press Enter:
regsvr32 “C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0Acrobat ElementsContextMenu64.dll”


  • You’ll get a dialog box saying the command has succeeded …If not, check your spelling.
  • Close the command prompt window, and your context menus will be back!

With Windows 7 32-bit and Acrobat 9, the line you enter changes to:

regsvr32 “C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 9.0Acrobat ElementsContextMenu.dll”

Other combinations should make sense – “(x86)” and “64.dll” if you’re on a 64-bit machine, and the version of Acrobat in the middle. Note that even if you’re updated to Acrobat 9.4, the folder is still called “Acrobat 9.0”.

On Windows XP, the instructions are the same but there’s no “Run as Administrator” option as there’s no user Account Control. You should instead be logged in as an administrator.

It doesn’t do any harm to run the command twice, even if the context menus are already working – so it’s possible to deploy it across an enterprise where only some machines need fixing.

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