How to Add an Adobe PDF Printer

Adobe Acrobat XI, unlike Adobe Reader, fully supports PDF printer functionality, and automatically adds a PDF printer upon installation. The Adobe PDF printer lets you save your documents as PDF files, which makes it convenient to share them due to the PDF format's wide-spread use. If Adobe Acrobat failed to add the PDF printer, or if you accidentally deleted it from your list of PDF printers, you can manually add it via the Add Printer Wizard.

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Press “Windows-R” to open the Run box. Type “control printers” (without quotes), and then press "Enter" to open a list of available printers. Click the “Add a Printer” button to open the Add Printer Wizard, and click either the “Next” button or the “The Printer That I Wanted Isn't Listed” option on the opening screen.

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Check the radio button next to the option labeled “Add a Local Printer or Network Printer...,” and then click “Next.” Check the radio button next to “Use an Existing Port,” and then use the pull-down menu next to it to select “Documents*.pdf (Adobe PDF).” Click “Next.”

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Click the “Have Disk” button, click “Browse” and navigate to the Adobe installation folder, located by default within “C:\Program Files\" (Windows 32-bit) or “C:\Program Files (x86)\" (Windows 64-bit). Once inside, double-click "Acrobat 11.0 | Acrobat | Xtras | AdobePDF." Within the AdobePDF folder, select the file labeled “AdobePDF,” click “Open," and then click "OK."

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Select the sixth “Adobe PDF Converter” option from the list of converters; if the sixth option doesn't work for you, try the other converters on the list until you find the option that works for you. On the following screen, select the “Use the Driver that is Currently Installed (Recommended)" and then click “Next.”

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Enter “Adobe PDF Printer” as the printer name, click “Next,” and then “Finish.” Open your computer's Control Panel, and click "Devices and Printers." The Adobe PDF printer should show up under the Printers section.