How to get rid of Foxit Drive in Foxit Reader

Not sure if a bug or a feature

If you’re like me, you’re not using Adobe Reader, but rather switched to Foxit Reader years ago, and never looked back. Foxit has a great PDF printer, it’s a great reader, but not perfect. The default save location is “Foxit Drive”, and it pops up any time you try to save your document, and at least for me interrupts my workflow. This post describes how to get rid of it, and make Foxit Reader even better!

Description of the issue

Okay, so Foxit Reader is pretty great, but they’ve got their difficulties, too. Being freeware, they kind of need to get revenue from somewhere outside the reader itself – and nowadays, that would be their Premium software, but especially their Online offering, part of which the cloud storage for PDFs is. However, a cloud storage for PDF-files is, at least for me, very much unnecessary, as I save everything in Dropbox or OneDrive anyway, so that being the default location was quite annoying.

Foxit Drive in Foxit Reader

Foxit Drive in Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader doesn’t have an option to disable Foxit Drive, though. They have a setting to disable all online features – but weirdly enough, this does not include their cloud storage option!

I guess there’s a reason for that, though – technically, their storage is not an online feature, but rather a plugin. And disabling features from the core software doesn’t affect plugins, naturally 🙂

Solution: How to disable Foxit Drive

Being a plugin, it’s actually easy to disable. First, you’ll need to browse to your Foxit Reader installation folder – depending on your system, that’d typically be either “C:\Program Files (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader” or “C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader”. Then open “plugins” folder, and rename “FoxitDrive.fpi” to “FoxitDrive.fpi.bak”.

Foxit Drive plugin in Foxit Reader folder

Foxit Drive plugin in Foxit Reader folder

And like so!

Renaming Foxit Drive plugin

Renaming Foxit Drive plugin

Then, just restart your Foxit Reader and it’s gone!

Foxit Drive no longer has that annoying button :)

Foxit Drive no longer has that annoying button!

And so the workflow just improved a bit! 🙂

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Antti Koskela is a proud digital native nomadic millenial full stack developer (is that enough funny buzzwords? That's definitely enough funny buzzwords!), who works as a Solutions Architect for Valo Intranet, the product that will make you fall in love with your intranet. Working with the global partner network, he's responsible for the success of Valo deployments happening all around the world. He's been a developer from 2004 (starting with PHP and Java), and he's been bending and twisting SharePoint into different shapes since MOSS. Nowadays he's not only working on SharePoint, but also on .NET projects, Azure, Office 365 and a lot of other stuff.This is his personal professional (professional, but definitely personal) blog.

2 thoughts on “How to get rid of Foxit Drive in Foxit Reader

  1. J. Long says:

    Thank you for sharing your ingenuity. Thank you for your magnanimity. The world is better off for having individuals like you, helping the rest of us solve our questions and problems.

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