Receiving Visual Basic Error About Adobe Add-On


When I open an Office app (e.g. Word, Excel), I receive an error:

Run-time error

File not found: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/MACPDFM/MacPDFM.framework/Versions/A/MacPDFM


  • macOS
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Acrobat


Newer versions of Microsoft Office (e.g. Office 2019, Microsoft 365) require the latest, subscription-based, version of Adobe Acrobat. Older, one-time license-based, versions of Acrobat are incompatible.


Adobe no longer provides updates for older versions of Acrobat, leaving them susceptible to hacks. It is strongly recommended to upgrade to the subscription version of Acrobat.
  1. Quit the affected Office app.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click Go.
  4. Select Go to Folder... .
  5. Enter ~/Library/Group Containers/.
  6. Click Go.
  7. Locate the folder that begins as UB and ends as .Office (i.e. UB48T346G9.Office or UBF8T346G9.Office).
  8. Continue to /User Content/Startup.
  9. In the Excel folder, delete SaveAsAdobePDF.ppam.
  10. In the Word folder, delete linkCreation.dotm.
  11. Open the affected Office app.
  12. If you need to export a file to PDF, you can use macOS's built-in function. See this article for more information.


Article ID: 3594
Tue 7/7/20 12:57 PM
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