ndOffice for Adobe



  • OS: Windows 7, 8, & 10
  • Browser: N/A
  • Adobe: Reader/Acrobat DC
  • Product: ndOffice

ndOffice version 1.8.14+ includes integration with Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. These add-ins provide the same Open/Save dialog boxes available in Microsoft Office applications. 

With this version, you can open PDFs directly from the web (with ndClick installed) and have ndOffice handle them as it does with Office documents.

Note: This integration is only available when installed in addition to the standard add-ins for Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). The Adobe integration cannot be installed by itself.


Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader versions XI and DC or newer on Windows 7, 8, or 10. 

If you use these versions of Adobe, uninstall the legacy Adobe integration (if it was installed) when installing the Adobe ndOffice integration.

If you have older versions of Adobe installed, you can continue to use the legacy Adobe integration, but we recommend upgrading to a newer version of Adobe in order to use the new Adobe/ndOffice integration. 

Note: Adobe does not allow add-ins in Protected Mode, so ndOffice Setup turns Protected Mode off in Adobe Reader.


To download and install the Adobe Integration, go to our ndOffice Download page.

Using the Adobe Integration

Go to File to either open or save a document:


Users who have the integration installed for Adobe DC will have an extra step when saving PDFs. They will need to click Choose a different folder to open the ND Save As dialog box:


To open a local document or save a document locally, you need to click the Open Local or SaveAs Local buttons correspondingly.

Note: The combine feature in Adobe is not supported when the Echo retention is disabled or set to 0 days. 

For Administrators

Command Line Installation for Adobe Integration

For ndOffice, there is a command line so that if you do one of the following:

Msiexec /i c:\installs\ndOfficeAdministrativeSetup.msi ADDLOCAL=ALL


Msiexec /i c:\installs\ndOfficeSetup.msi ALLUSERS=1 ADDLOCAL=ALL

...then the Adobe integrations will be installed. You can also specify the individual programs you want by putting it on the ADDLOCAL= line. They are:



When the Adobe add-in is installed, a value pair is inserted here: 


with "PDF" in it (it can have a comma-delimited range). 

This value pair is installed there and will be uninstalled from there if the Adobe integration is removed. 

Once installed, it is copied to HKCU, where the ActiveX/ndOneClick looks for it during the ndOffice hand-off when opening files from the web UI. Unfortunately, if you uninstall the Adobe integration, you still have to manually remove this key from HKCU, so that is not a good place to look for it to verify if the Adobe app is active.

Note: The file extensions specified here are case-sensitive. For example, if the registry value is "pdf" then the hand-off will not work for PDF documents (those with an upper case file extension). 

If you have a lot of these documents, it's easy to add this spelling to the hand-off.

Go to: 

and change ndOfficeHandOff to contain
pdf, PDF

Do the same for 

When you open from the web, the system will look in the first location for what files should be handed off to ndOffice by default.

Keeping the legacy Adobe Integration

For those running ndOffice who do not want to upgrade to Adobe XI or Adobe DC, or for those who use another type of PDF handler (such as PDFDocs, Nuance, etc.), you can return the handling of PDFs back to the older Adobe Integrations and ActiveX add-in by deleting the following registry key(s). This will allow the ActiveX (Check-in List) to handle PDFs when opening them from the web interface. 

Delete one or both of the following key(s) in both locations: 





This will allow the ActiveX (Check-in List) to handle PDFs when opening them from the web interface. ndOffice simply ignores these documents. 

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