How to disable software updates for Papers 3 for Windows

From Papers 3 version 3.0.160 onward it is now possible to disable automatic software updates for Papers 3 for Windows.

To do so, follow the below instructions:


  • Click to download the latest Papers for Windows update.
  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Navigate to the downloads folder where 3.0.160 or later was downloaded.
  • Type in the following command, replacing XXXXX with the version number without dots: papers_XXXXX.exe SOFTWARE_UPDATES=false

For example, if you downloaded version 3.0.160, then the command is
papers_30160.exe SOFTWARE_UPDATES=false

  • Papers installation dialog launches. Click Install to continue.

  • Once the installation has finished Papers launches and it is ready to be used. If you navigate to Settings > General, you can see that the automatic software updates have now been disabled.