It can be very frustrating if you can’t print your PDF files on Adobe. No error messages; each time you click Print on Adobe, it just doesn’t print at all. Don’t worry. This guide is going to help you solve this problem step by step. Read on to find how…

Before we go…

The problems of your printer, your PDF files, and your Adobe software all are able to cause you can’t print a PDF file. First things first, figure out the problem is due to your printer, your PDF file, or your Adobe software.

  1. Try to print this post you’re viewing. If you’re viewing this article on a browser like Chrome, and Microsoft Edge, click the three dots icon, then select Print.

    a) If you can’t print this page either, probably there’re some issues with your printer, follow to troubleshoot problems of your printer.


    b) If you can print this page, go on to check:

  2. Open your PDF file in your browser, then print it in the browser.

    a) If you can’t print your PDF file in your browser either, probably your PDF files are corrupted, follow to repair or recreate your PDF file.

    b) If you can print your PDF file in your browser, you need to troubleshoot problems of your Acrobat Reader.

Try these fixes:

  1. Troubleshoot problems of your printer
  2. Repair or recreate your PDF file
  3. Troubleshoot problems of your Acrobat Reader

Fix 1: Troubleshoot problems of your printer

Either a USB connected printer or a network one you’re using, make sure your printer is set as the default printer and your printer driver is up-to-date.

1st. Make sure your printer is set as the default printer

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type control and click OK.”
  3. Click Devices and Printers in Large icons.
  4. Make sure there is a green ✔ mark with your printer, which means it’s set to default.
    If it’s not set to default, right-click on your printer and click Set as default printer.

2nd. Make sure your printer driver is up-to-date

The latest printer driver enables your printer to work fine. An old, corrupted, or missing printer driver would make you cannot print PDF files. Follow these to update your printer driver to solve your problem:

  1. Go to the official website of your printer manufacturer, like HP, Dell, Canon, Brother.
  2. Go to the specific driver-download page and find the correct latest driver for your printer.
  3. Download and install the driver on your computer.
  4. Restart your computer and try to print your PDF file in Adobe to see if it works.

Alternatively, you can update your printer driver automatically with Driver Easy, if you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy. Then run it on your Windows.
  2. Click Scan Now.  It will quickly detect all driver’s problems with your computer. Your printer driver is no exception.
  3. Click Update next to your flagged printer driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
  4. Restart your computer and try to print your PDF file in Adobe to see if successfully.

Fix 2: Repair or recreate your PDF file

If there were any corrupted or incompatible data in your PDF file, your file wouldn’t be printed successfully. Here we give you two methods to try:

1st. Try the Print As Image feature in Acrobat Reader

  1. Open your PDF file in Acrobat Reader.
  2. Click the print icon on the toolbar.
  3. Click Advanced, then tick on Print As ImageGo on to click OK > Print to see if your PDF file could be printed.

2nd. Recreate a new PDF file

  1. Choose a way to recreate a new PDF file:

    a) If you downloaded the PDF file from a URL or cloud, download it again and save it directly to your hard drive.

    b) If you created the PDF file by yourself, create a new one and save it directly to your hard drive.

    c) Using the Save as… feature in Acrobat Reader: Click File > Save as…, save your PDF file directly to your hard drive.

  2. Double-click the new PDF file on your hard drive and then try to print it to see if successfully.

Fix 3: Troubleshoot problems of your Acrobat Reader

If something corrupt happens to your Acrobat Reader or if the software is of an old version, you can’t use it to print your PDF file, either. Troubleshoot the problem of your Acrobat  Reader:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Open your PDF file in Acrobat Reader and try to print it to see if successfully. If a simple restart cannot solve your problem, reinstall your Acrobat Reader with the latest version with the following steps.
  3. Type features in the search box from Start. Then click Apps & features.
  4. Find your Acrobat Reader, then Uninstall.
  5. Go to the official Adobe website, download, and the latest version of Acrobat Reader on your computer.
  6. Open your PDF file using the new Acrobat Reader. Then try to print it top see if successfully.

Hopefully, one of the methods above fixed your PDF not printing error. Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.

88
88 people found this helpful