Since Foxit PDF Editor V11.2.0, Foxit has integrated Foxit eSign which is a new eSignature service into the English version of Foxit PDF Editor. The Ink Sign feature (formerly known as Foxit Fill&Sign feature) and Foxit eSign feature are combined into one workflow. Currently, when you click on"Foxit eSign"tab, Foxit PDF Editor will show "Foxit eSign" related features there by default (For version 11.2.0,we have to click on Protect>Foxit eSign to bring up the Foxit eSign tab). When you want to switch to Foxit ink sign (Formerly known as Foxit Fill&Sign feature), you have to click over the "Switch to Ink Sign" button under the Foxit eSign tab.In this article,we will introduce how to disable the “Foxit eSign“ service under the Foxit eSign tab to make the "ink Sign" related features to be displayed under the "Foxit eSign" tab by default.
We could choose one of the following optional methods:
- Set in Foxit PDF Editor Preferences dialog box.
- Set in Foxit PDF Editor registry key.
- Use GPO .
- Use XML .
- Use MST file with MSI Installer.
Set in Foxit PDF Editor Preferences dialog box:
For individual users of Foxit PDF Editor, please go to "File"tab in Foxit PDF Editor>"Preferences">"PDF Sign", check the option "Disable Foxit eSign service",click over the "OK" button to apply the setting.
Then Foxit PDF Editor will show you the "Foxit ink Sign" related features by default under the "Foxit eSign" tab.
Set in Foxit PDF Editor registry key:
1:Firstly,please start registry editor:
In Windows 7, click Start, type regedit.exe in the search box, and then press Enter.
In Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8, press the Windows key + R to open a Run dialog box, type regedit.exe, and then click OK.
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Editor X.0\plugins\FoxitSign\Preferences\Sign
(Please change the X to a specific number based on the Foxit PDF Editor main version number. For example, please access the following if you are using Foxit PDF Editor V11.2:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Editor X.0\plugins\FoxitSign\Preferences\Sign )
Please find “DisableFoxitSignService” this item on the right panel, then change its value into 1.
2:If there is still no “FoxitSign” key under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Editor 11.0\plugins”, please proceed to do the steps below to manually create registry keys.
（Note: The "FoxitSign" Registry key is not automatically created after you install Foxit PDF Editor. It would be created in the registry key after you have set settings for Foxit eSign related features. ）
3: Navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Editor X.0\plugins
Right click on the “plugins” and choose “New>Key” to create a new “FoxitSign” key.
4: Right click on “FoxitSign” and choose “New>Key” to create a new “Preferences” key.
5:Right click on “Preferences” and choose “New>Key” to create a new “Sign” key.
6:Right click on the right panel under the newly created “Sign” key, choose “new“in the pop-up context menu>” DWORD(32-bit) Value” to create a new registry value and rename the registry value into “DisableFoxitSignService” , then change its value into 1.
7: If you don‘t want to do the above mentioned 1 to 6 steps. without doing the 1 to 6 steps by, you can also anatomically create the above-mentioned registry keys in a quicker way just downloading and double-clicking on the attached ”DisableFoxitSignService.reg " registry file. After you have executed the .reg file, its value will be imported into your system registry editor.
The attached " DisableFoxitSignService.reg " registry file is for V11 only. For versions greater than V11, please open the registry file with notepad, and refer to the following screenshot to change the version number there manually, save the change into .reg file. Finally, please double-click on the .reg file to import its value into the registry editor.
8: Start your Foxit PDF Editor application to access the Foxit eSign tab, you will find that the “Foxit eSign“ service under the "Foxit eSign" tab is not available there anymore and all functions under this tab are Ink Sign feature (formerly known as Foxit Fill&Sign feature) related by default.
To disable the Foxit eSign service in Foxit PDF Editor, complete the following steps:
1.Open Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration or Users Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates.
2.Choose Foxit PDF Editor, select Preferences, and double click on Disable Foxit eSign service option.
3.Select Enable and choose Ok to apply the change.
If you still don’t have Foxit PDF Editor GPO template imported in your Group Policy Editor,please download and install it from this article.
Use XML :
If you typically use an XML file to force settings on users, you can create and distribute an XML file to a dedicated folder on Users’ machine to disable the Foxit eSign service for your users. Below are steps:
1.Follow here to download an appropriate Foxit Customization open Foxit Customization wizard application, select XML Editor Foxit PDF Editor click on OK button to enter into XML editing mode:
2.Go to Preferences tab>”PDF Sign”>please select “Enabled” for “Disable Foxit eSign service” option,click on Save button on the left top corner to create an XML file. The default name would be “ProfStore.xml”.
3.Distribute the XML file into “ProfStore “ this folder which is under the main installation folder of your Foxit PDF Editor. By default ,the location is:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Editor\ProfStore”.
4.Restart Foxit PDF Editor to apply the settings in XML file into Foxit PDF Editor application.
Use MST file with MSI Installer：
If you want to disable the Foxit eSign Service when deploying MSI installer file, you can use the MST file to implement it.
1.Follow here to download an appropriate version of Foxit Customization Tool (FCT).
2.Run FCT, Choose “MSI” >”OK”,click on “Open a Package/File” button to open the appropriate MSI installer file.
3.Please click on ”Preferences” in the opened FCT tool>”PDF Sign”>please select “Enabled” for “Disable Foxit eSign service” option.
4.Everything is done, click on “Save” button on top left corner to save current settings as .mst file.
5.Use the following command to apply MST file
msiexec /i Setup.msi TRANSFORMS=xxx.mst
This article is applicable to Foxit PDF Editor for windows desktop V11.2.0 and greater. And we only provide Foxit eSign under the English version of Foxit PDF Editor. Under other languages in multilingual build, only provide Ink Sign feature (formerly known as Fill&Sign feature) for users. There will be no Foxit eSign related button/option under other languages in multilingual build.