How to Disable or Turn off Adobe Reader XI’s ‘Signature Field Detected’ Message Permanently

by Venkat eswarlu on June 22, 2013

in How to,tips and tricks

With Adobe Reader XI 11.0.03 Update Adobe has introduced Signature field detection feature, which upon finding ‘sign’ or ‘sign in’ words in a PDF document automatically displays green bar on top with message “Signature field detected” and prompts to “open Sign Pane”. Unfortunately this version is wrongly detecting and showing green bar even though there are no signature fields in a PDF file, Adobe is aware of this.

Meanwhile you can quickly hide this message by clicking on the icon on left of message bar or you can disable Signature Field Detection feature using registry editor, so that you won’t get that annoying green bar again and again.

You’ve to wait for Adobe to improve the accuracy for their signature detection feature as well they should provide an option to get rid of that message than using registry method which we’re explaining below.

Adobe Reader signature field detected message thumb How to Disable or Turn off Adobe Reader XI’s ‘Signature Field Detected’ Message Permanently

Disabling Adobe Reader XI’s Signature Field Detection feature

1. Open Registry Editor in Windows Run command by typing ‘regedit’,  use Win+R to open Run command.

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockDown

3. Right click on FeatureLockDown>New>Key and enter New Key as ‘cServices’

4. Now select ‘cServices’ and on the right pane, right-click for New >DWORD (32-bit) value and set its value as ‘0’ (zero), check the screenshot below.

EnableEchoSignDetection Registry entry thumb How to Disable or Turn off Adobe Reader XI’s ‘Signature Field Detected’ Message Permanently

5. Exit Registry editor, that’s it! Signature detection feature has been disabled and you won’t be annoyed with that message on top even when you open PDF document that contains signature fields.

Update: This issue was fixed in Adobe Reader XI 11.0.04.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

internet_user September 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Exactly the solution I was looking for, thank you.


Venkat eswarlu September 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

You’re welcome buddy. We’re here to offers tips and programs that gets things done faster.


Additional Info February 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

I was just about to give up on this… Thanks

Just make sure you name the new added key in the cServices folder to bEnableEchoSignDetection. That did the job.


Venkat eswarlu February 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

It was fixed in 11.0.04 version, please check the update at the end of post, thanks.


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