Unable to Print PDF File
What is a PDF file?
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format developed by Adobe as a means of distributing compact as well as platform-independent documents. It is apparently similar to HTML and a PDF document may contain images and text, as well as hyperlinks. Yet, as PDF is based on a variant of PostScript, every document is self-contained, packing text, graphics and fonts into a single file. You can use Adobe Acrobat to generate PDF files and you can view PDF files either with Adobe Reader or via a web browser with the PDF Viewer plug-in. Lots of Adobe software products are available free via Aware for IU students, faculty and staff under the IU/Adobe License Agreement. Moreover, Mac OS X offers inbuilt support for creating PDF files and includes a free application called Preview for viewing PDF files.
Basic causes for problems while printing pdf files and tips to solve it are given below:
- Cause of the problems while printing PDF files
- Tips to solve
- Troubleshoot PDF printing
Cause of the problems while printing PDF files
First check the basic causes like whether this happens only with the PDF files and also whether you are getting any specific error messages. Also see whether you are able to print the PDF files online. Try to print a PDF file such as the first page of Acrobat and if that file prints correctly, the PDF file that does not print correctly may be damaged. If the file does not print correctly, you have to print another type of file from another application.
Tips to solve
To determine the cause of the printing problem, initially you have to ensure whether the issue is concerned with PDF files alone. If other files print correctly, the problem is not system-wide and you can conclude that it is specific to the Acrobat product. Then eliminate the system-related causes like low system resources, insufficient memory on your printer or a poor connection between your computer and the printer. Next you have to restart your computer and then print a PDF file and if the file prints correctly, your system may have been out of memory or resources. If not, turn off your printer for at least 15 seconds to flush its memory, and then turn it back on and print a PDF file. If it is found that the file prints correctly, the printer's memory was too full.
Troubleshoot PDF printing
While you are having difficulty in printing a PDF file, you may try the subsequent steps. If you are in a rush and would like to print a simple document such as a letter, a form, or a calendar, you may print it as an image. Next option is that you may need to update your printer driver if the PDF does not print, the PDF prints as a blank page or with unreadable text or if you get an error message when you print. Sometimes, when you print a file that is on a thumb drive or a network, the file gets damaged. Then you have to open the copy on your hard drive and print again. At last, you can try printing the PDF using another printer and check your printer connection too if the PDF does not get printed.
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