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Fix Can’t Print PDF Files from Adobe Reader

If you’re facing issues in printing your PDF files on Adobe Reader then don’t worry as the problem can be easily solved by updating printer’s driver, setting your printer as the default printer, etc. But before continuing you should try to print another PDF file and if you’re able to print successfully then the PDF file you were earlier trying to print was corrupted. But if you still can’t print pdf files from adobe reader then continue with the advanced troubleshooting guide.

Fix Can’t Print PDF Files from Adobe Reader

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Miscellaneous Fixes

1.Try to print the webpage you’re currently on, press Ctrl + P and print the document and see if you’re able to.

2.Instead of PDF file try to print a text or images file, if you’re are able to print then the problem is with Adobe Reader and updating it might fix the issue.

Instead of PDF file try to print a text or images file

3.Power Cycle the Printer:

  • Restart your PC and power off the Printer then disconnect it from the PC.
  • Don’t start the Printer, just press and hold the power button of the printer for 10 seconds.
  • Now connect the printer to the PC then power ON the PC and once the system starts, you can power ON your printer.

Method 2: Update Printers driver

To update the printer driver follow these steps.

1.Press Windows key + X then select Device Manager.

Press Windows Key + X then select Device Manager

2.Expand Print queues then select the printer for which you want to update the drivers.

3.Right-click on the selected Printer and select Update driver.

Right click on it to select Update Driver option

4.Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

search automatically for updated driver software | Cancel or Delete a Stuck Print Job

5.Windows will automatically install the latest drivers available for your printer.

Windows will automatically install the latest drivers available for your printer

Manually Install the Latest Printer Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R then type “services.msc” and hit enter.

services windows

2.Find Print Spooler service then right-click on it and select Stop.

print spooler service stop

3.Again press Windows Key + R then type printui.exe /s /t2 and hit enter.

4.In the Printer Server Properties window search for the printer that is causing this issue, select it and then click on the Remove button.

5.Next, remove the printer and when asked for confirmation to remove the driver as well, select yes.

Remove printer from print server properties

6.Now again go to services.msc and right-click on Print Spooler and select Start.

Right-click on Print Spooler service and select Start | Cancel or Delete a Stuck Print Job in Windows 10

7.Next, navigate to your printer manufacturer’s website like HP, Dell, Canon, download and install the latest printer drivers from the website.

For example, in case you have an HP printer then you need to visit HP Software and Drivers Downloads page. Where you can easily download the latest drivers for your HP printer.

8.If you’re still not able to fix Can’t Print PDF Files from Adobe Reader then you can use the printer software that came with your printer. Usually, these utilities can detect the printer on the network and fix any issues that are causing the printer to appear offline.

For example, you can use HP Print and Scan Doctor to fix any issues regarding HP Printer.

Method 3: Set your Printer as the Default Printer

1.Press Windows Key + R then type control and hit Enter to open Control Panel.

Press Windows Key + R then type control

2.From the Control Panel click on Hardware and Sound.

Click on Hardware and Sound under Control Panel

3.Next, click on Device and Printers.

Click Devices and Printers under Hardware and Sound

4.Right-click on your Printer and select Set as default printer.

Right-click on your printer and select Set as default printer

5.Restart your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Try to print PDF as an image

1.First, open your PDF file in Acrobat Reader.

Open your PDF file in Acrobat Reader

2.Now from the Adobe Reader toolbar click on the print icon or press Ctrl + P.

3.From the print window, click on the Advanced button.

From the print window, click on the Advanced button

4.In the Advanced Print Setup window checkmarkPrint As Image” and click OK.

In the Advanced Print Setup window checkmark "Print As Image" and click OK

5.Next, click the Print button and see if you’re able to print the PDF file as an image.

Click the Print button and see if you're able to print the PDF file as an image

Method 5: Save another copy of the PDF file

1.Open the PDF file in Acrobat Reader then press Shift + Ctrl + S to open Save As dialog box.

Open the PDF file in Acrobat Reader then press Shift + Ctrl + S

Note: From the Acrobat Reader menu click on File and select Save As.

2.Navigate to where you want to save the file, type a new name and click Save.

Navigate to where you want to save the file, type a new name and click Save

3.Now try to print this newly created PDF and see if you’re able to Fix Can’t Print PDF Files from Adobe Reader.

Method 6: Reinstall your Printer Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R then type control printers and hit Enter to open Devices and Printers.

Type control printers in Run and hit Enter

2.Right-click on your printer and select “Remove device” from the context menu.

Right-click on your printer and select Remove device

3.When the confirm dialog box appears, click Yes.

On the Are you sure you want to remove this Printer screen select Yes to Confirm

4.After the device is successfully removed, download the latest drivers from your printer manufacturer website.

5.Then reboot your PC and once the system restarts, press Windows Key + R then type control printers and hit Enter.

Note: Make sure your printer is connected to the PC via USB, ethernet or wirelessly.

6.Click on the “Add a printer” button under Device and Printers window.

Click on the Add a printer button

7.Windows will automatically detect the printer, select your printer and click Next.

Windows will automatically detect the printer

8.Set your printer as default and click Finish.

Set your printer as default and click Finish | Cancel or Delete a Stuck Print Job in Windows 10

This is how you can update the driver and after this, you can try to print the documents once again.

Method 7: Re-install Acrobat Reader

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Apps.

Open Windows Settings then click on Apps

2.From the left hand make sure to select Apps & features.

3.Now from the “Search this list” box type Acrobat in it.

Now from the Search this list box type Acrobat in it

4.Click on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC then click on the Uninstall button under it.

Click on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC then click on the Uninstall button under it

5.Now download the latest version Adobe Acrobat Reader from the official website.

6.Install the latest version of Acrobat Reader on your PC and Reboot your PC.

7.Again try to print the PDF file and this time you will be able to print it without any issues.

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I hope the above steps were able to help you Fix Can’t Print PDF Files from Adobe Reader but if you still have any queries regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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