Tech Tip # 7 – Printing PDF’s


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Printing your PDF document

Here is a ‘go-to’ for when you are having problems printing your PDF or simply not sure about how to do so. These quick tips should provide a simple and easy way to troubleshoot or reference PDF printing.


1. Use the print button present on the shortcut bar. Many times we can go to File>Print, but this can potentially give you problems.

2. If that’s not working, try the File>Print method. Many times this is just dependent on the file. This can also be done when viewing a pdf in an internet browser.

3. Still not working, huh? Often printing problems stem from issues with the PDF file. Even if a PDF looks fine on screen, it can contain incomplete or corrupt data.

However, trying the “Print as image” method can help if you’re in a hurry and want to print a simple document (such as a letter, a form, or a calendar).


Choose File > Print, and then click Advanced (The location of the Advanced button depends on the version of Reader or Acrobat.).

Select Print As Image.

Click OK to close the Advanced Print Setup dialog box, and then click OK to print.

4. Another way to print a difficult PDF file is to create a copy of the PDF using the Save As command. In Reader or Acrobat, choose File > Save As> PDF. When in an internet browser, you can also use File> Save As to save the file as a PDF.

Next, give the PDF file a new name. Include only letters and numbers in the filename. Do not include symbols such as %, $, or []. Try printing the new copy of the PDF.

Click the Save button which will save it to your Desktop. Once you have done this it should appear on your desktop screen under the name you provided. Open the file again and try to print, choosing method one or two.

If this does not succeed, it may be a corrupt file and you will have to ask the sender to resend it so you can download it again.


Suggested by: Brittany, Library Technician for Tutt branch

Look for the next Tech Tip on Thursday, October 10th

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