How to Set Up Adobe PDF Printer

Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Acrobat Professional enable users to create and modify PDF documents. One of the utilities the software installs is a virtual printer that simplifies creating PDFs because users can select this printer for output from any program. Sometimes system upgrades can remove the virtual printer from the list. Since the Adobe drivers were previously installed, an Adobe PDF printer can be set up.

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Adobe PDF Converter
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Windows PC

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Click the Windows "Start" menu, select "Control Panel," choose "Hardware and Sound," click the "Add a Printer" link under Devices and Printers.

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Add a printer.
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Adding a local printer
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Click "Add a Local Printer."

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Select "Adobe PDF."
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Select "Documents*.pdf (Adobe PDF)" in the port selection drop-down menu and click "Next."

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Select "Have Disk."
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Select the "Have Disk" option and click the "Browse" button to open a dialog box.

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Locate the .inf file.
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Select the "AdobePDF.inf" file located in the AdobePDF folder in your Program Files directory under "Adobe | Acrobat 9.0 | Acrobat | Xtras | AdobePDF."

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Select "PDF Converter."
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Select the first item from the list of Adobe PDF Converter options and click "Next."

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Name "Adobe PDF."
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Type "Adobe PDF" in the field for a printer name and click "Next."

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Close when finished.
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Wait for two minutes for the system to process the drivers and click "Finish" to close the Add a Printer wizard.

Mac

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Click "File" then select "Print" from the drop-down menu.

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File menu
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Drop-down menu
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Click the drop-down menu in the bottom left corner of the print window. Select "Save as Adobe PDF."

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Configure the PDF.
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Click the drop-down menu for "Adobe PDF Settings" and "After PDF Creation" to configure the format and after creation action. Click "Continue."

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Save the PDF.
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Title the PDF in the "Save As" dialog box then use the drop-down menu next to "Where" to select the location where you would like to save the PDF. Click "Save" when finished.