How to Set Up Adobe PDF Printer

By Regina Edwards

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional installation disc (Optional)

Windows PC

Step 1

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

Step 2

Click "Add a Local Printer."

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Utilities are available for download that install a PDF printer (see Resources).