Adobe Reader DC – How to disable tabs

The following steps show how to disable the tabs feature in Adobe Reader DC. This will allow each PDF to open in its own window.


  1. Open Adobe Reader DC
  2. Click on the ‘Edit’ menu then ‘Preferences’
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  4. On the left hand menu click on ‘General’
  5. Un-tick ‘Open documents as new tabs in the same window’
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  7. Close Adobe Reader DC.
  8. PDF files will now open in their own window – no more tabs!