Solutions: PDF Errors When Printing Adobe Acrobat PDF Files on Windows

Steven Hodgin | August 12th, 2014 | Errors, PDF

The PDF file format is the most common file format used for legal & business purposes in most offices. You may know PDF offers many features likes: Password Protection, Restrictions (editing, printing, copying, extracting), Storing images and text in the same format and many others.

There are many applications available on the internet, to view & edit PDF files, but they have different system requirements to run properly.  That’s why Adobe Acrobat Reader is found to be the best software for Viewing & Editing PDF files on Windows Operating System as well as on other Operating Systems. Adobe Acrobat Reader application is free to be downloaded on any computer which is one of the top reasons why people are using PDF files. We have described the symptoms and solutions to solve printing issues encountered with Adobe PDF, in the section below:

The Symptoms

Below are some of the common symptoms faced during printing PDFs:

  1. Only the first page of a PDF document gets printed while sometimes the second page is printed, but with an error message displayed on screen.
  2. A printed PDF document comes out with blurry text;
  3. A blank page comes out instead of the document printed;
  4. Images are missing from the printed document;
  5. Files does not get printed;
  6. Back to front page order option does not work;
  7. Blank pages are printed instead of the document text;
  8. All sets are stapled together;
  9. Parts of the document Graphics, Text, or Illustrations are missing.

You may have seen one of the mentioned symptoms on your system while printing a Portable Document Format file.

The most common error that comes while printing is “This document failed to print”. However, you can view the PDF file, but you can’t print the document. So we are sharing some tips below for users who are facing any of the above errors while printing documents.

The Solutions

Check The Printer by Printing Other Files:

If you are unable to print a PDF file, then before following the below solutions, try to print a Word file or any other image to check whether the problem is with the document or the printer.

Check the Default Printer Setting:

Follow the below mentioned steps to change the settings to make the available printer as default:

    1. Open Device and Printer setting from Start Menu in Windows 7/8/Vista or Open Printer Setting from Control Panel (Windows XP):


    1. Now Right click on the Printer that you want to use as default and select Set as default option.

select printer

Reinstall or Update Adobe Acrobat

Sometime Adobe Acrobat is the reason you are unable to print documents. It may be possible because you are using an older version of Adobe while a new one is available. This error can be solved by reinstalling Adobe Acrobat Reader or by updating its version to the latest available version.

Steps to Update Adobe Acrobat:

Open Adobe Acrobat, from menu toolbar, click on Help button, then click on Check for Update:
If there are any updates, then you will see a popup for updating to it. Otherwise, you will see a popup “no new updates”.

Reinstall or Update Printer Drivers

Check Printer Company & Product Name of the printer, then visit the company website and download suitable drivers from there. Or if you already have printer drivers in a CD, then you can install it from that  as well.

Changing Print as Image Setting in Adobe Acrobat:

Select [Print as Image] Option in Adobe Acrobat to solve this error in Adobe Acrobat:

NOTE: It may take longer to print, when a PDF file is printed as an image.

    1. Click on the File button given on the toolbar, then select the Print option. The print window can be seen now:


    1. Click on the Advanced button to view more settings.


    1. Now Click on Print As Image;


  1. Click on OK.

Now restart your Computer and printer and after 15 mins try to print the document again.

The majority of printing problems related to Adobe files ought to be resolved with the help of the steps shown in the section above. For more troubleshooting choices and advanced configuration steps which can be tried, check the Adobe Product Support Center.