Please note that the Adobe PDF Printer functionality to create PDF files is only available with Adobe Acrobat (paid version), and not with Adobe Reader (free version).
Repair the Acrobat installation using the option in the Help menu.
Uninstall and then re-install Acrobat on your Windows OS.
Manually install the PDF Printer
- Click Start > Control Panel > Devices and Printers
- Select Add a printer
- Select Add a local printer
- Check Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down. Click Next
- Click the Have Disk… button
- Click the Browse… button
- Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF
- Select AdobePDF.inf from the list, then click the OK button
- You will see many Adobe PDF Converters in the list, however count six down from the top and click Next (you may need to try this numerous times to find the correct Converter from the list that works with your version of Windows)
- Name your printer, e.g. Adobe PDF
- Follow the rest of the prompts and your PDF printer should now be installed correctly
If you are later prompted for the ADPDF9.PPD file, it can be found in the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF\<OS version> folders.
Thank you very much for that, Rave -- especially the manual install procedure. Very helpful.
Hi Rave ~~
I also am having problems with my PDF Printer. It worked fine for years, then a few months ago it disappeared from the printer list and now I can't print to PDF. I tried your Solution 3, Mannually Install PDF Printer, as described above but my file structure for Acrobat 6.0 doesn't look like what you described for Acrobat 10.0.
In Step 4, after checking 'Use an existing port', there is no 'Documents\*.pdf' to select from the drop down.
In Step 7, there is no path on my c drive called C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\Xtras
I searched my entire harddrive and backup drive for a file named, AdobePDF.inf. There isn't one on there.
Can you send me the installation procedure that will work with Acrobat 6.0? I would be so grateful. I am unable to use Solution 1 or 2 as my source disk is packed in one of a garage full of boxes.
I am using a Dell XPS running Windows XP SP3. I usually use FireFox 17.0.1 browser, but occasionally use IE 8.0.6001.
All updates are current.
How does this change for Version 11?
Note: I don't particularly want Adobe *.pdf to end up in
so can I just type in a directory of my own choosing?
Can you please help me install adobe as a printer for windows 8. I have adobe 11.1. Thanks
My guess is you have Reader 11.1, not Acrobat. If you have Acrobat 11.0.09 the printer should automatically be installed. Reader does not include the print driver, the latter simply being a PS printer driver. To get PDFs you also need Distiller that is part of the Acrobat release.
Just check in the properties of the Adobe PDF printer and you can check to always ask where to create the PDF.
I have tried to install as a printer and these are not options that I have. I am using Adobe Reader XI, Windows 7, Firefox
When I follow this step: Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down. Click Next
this is not an option that I have.
If I manually try to: Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF
This is not an option that I have either.
What I am trying to do is save a gmail as a PDF. From all my searches online it looks like I can do it if I can install PDF as a printer but I don't see a way to do this. Is there a way?
Joe - Did you ever get help on this? I just recently downloaded the free trial for Acrobat Adobe Reader X1 and the PDF printer did not automatically install to my printers and I can't figure out to add it. Please let me know if you figured it out
As suggested By Rave, Adobe PDF Printer functionality to create PDF files is only available with Adobe Acrobat (paid version), and not with Adobe Reader (free version).
Using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit trying to save as pdf using print option. Pay for ability to create them but shouldn't need the subscription to do so.
"Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down. Click Next" --- Doesn't exist
"Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF" --- Doesn't exist
Any help greatly appreciated
This worked to a tee thank you!
I though that as well, but each slash / is a new file to open, First:Program Files (x86), then click open: Adobe then click open: Acrobat 10.0\ and so on, you will find each step works accordingly.
I am using Windows 8.1.
When I get to this:
"Check Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down. Click Next"
There is no Adobe option to select. How should I proceed?
Do you have Acrobat installed? The printer is part of Acrobat and Acrobat is required to install the printer.
Same here. I have a new Windows 8 machine and cannot get files to print to PDF no matter what I try.
None of the above thread works.
Thank-you. It worked like a charm, I have Adobe Acrobat 11 / Windows 8 and it was the first driver on the list.
Please! I need to know how do it ( Manual install ) on Mac! ( El Captain )
I need " Print as Adobe PDF" in my preferences in Illustrator and photoshop but my Virtual Adobe Print are missing
I reinstall Acrobat DC but Adobe PDF virtual print don't install!
I already did that without your help.
The printer should not have disappeared in the first place.
It happened after an Adobe update. Probably a bug from your side.
Such a waste of time.
I have same problem in macOS Sierra (10.12.1). When install Acrobat DC, the "Adobe PDF" printer don't install on my mac preferences. I need them for make a booklet build on Indesign. (work with .ps and distyler after is very boring).
Have any way to install PDF Printer manually?
It is not possible as Adobe PDF printer is not available on Mac anymore. Please refer this link to create Adobe PDF on Mac: Can't print PDF files on Mac OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.8
I'm having an issue installing the pdf printer driver on my computer. I tried the multiple things that are stated above and nothing has worked. It seems when I did the windows update my printer spool stooped working, so I had to uninstall and re-install all the printer drivers. I have adobe cs6 and when I go to print settings, the print to pdf driver would appear, now it does not. Any help would be much appreciated.
I have Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. It does everything I need it to do so have no reason to upgrade. The only exception is that the Adobe PDF Creator printer does not show up in my list of printers (I have Win 8.1). If I use Word, I can save to PDF, but when using WordPerfect (v.X5), the built-in only saves the single page showing. So, I need to be able to "print" to PDF. Since the Adobe PDF Creator is not on the list of printers, I can't do that. I have followed the instructions in the "correct" answer, though there are 5 (not 6) Adobe PDF Converters listed under the Adobe manufacturer. In my case, AdobePDF.inf is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF. I choose "replace the current driver". I get "unable to install printer. Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network". If I "use the driver that is currently installed, I get the same problem. I tried all five converters. What next?
In this particular case, your problem is very simple. The original Acrobat 8 is not compatible with any version of Windows beyond Windows XP 32-bit in terms of the Adobe PDF PostScript printer driver instance. As you found it, it simply won't install.
The workaround? After you install Acrobat 8, immediately let it update to Acrobat 8.1 where compatibility was added for the changes Microsoft made in the print interfaces used by the Adobe PDF PostScript printer driver instance. That driver should install as part of the Acrobat 8.1 installation.
When I click on Help > Check for Updates, I get "There are no updates available at this time." so how do I get it to update to 8.1?
I know that the OP's post is marked "Answered". But I just want to share what happened to me today in case someone with the same problem found this article through search engines.
I struggled with Windows 8.1 Acrobat DC for a long time to get the elusive pdf printer installed but not successful for about 1.5 yrs. Then I upgraded to Windows 10 with the same Acrobat DC version still with no pdf printer. I've searched and done everything and every instruction found available through google to no avail. But today, I right clicked on a docx file and selected Convert to pdf (without really thinking what I was doing) and a dialog window came up warning me about Acrobat Distiller error (didn't really read the exact phrase because I was pretty tired) which also asked if I want to fix the problem or something in that vein I guess (I can't/won't try to uninstall my now-working pdf printer and retry the whole thing just to know the exact wording obviously). And it took some minutes running some kind of installing blah blah window about 2/3 times. I was half expecting it to fail. Well, unbelievably, it was successful et voila, there is pdf printer in my devices and printers list.
It may or may not be related to Windows 10. I'm almost sure that no component of my Acrobat DC got updated recently because I've not connected my computer to internet for about 3 weeks already.
All that I've done is,
1.Right Click on a .docx file,
2.selected the "Convert to pdf".
So, I guess that it won't hurt anybody to try that in case he/she can't install his/hers Acrobat DC pdf printer.
I too have searched for & tried installing the elusive Adobe print driver. It wasn't a WIndows issue. The problem came about when I installed Acrobat DC. All previous versions of Acrobat didn't have this issue.
Anyway, the reason for my response is to say, "earthly emotions, you were spot on correct"! This is the only solution posted over the last year by anyone that has worked for me. THANK YOU. I would suggest others try this as well. Skip all the other possible solutions...headaches and failures..."earthly emotions" has the answer, and it works beautifully. Adobe should hire you "earthly emotions."
I have faced this problem few months back.in printer manually PDF papers comes when i was using printers.By installing the drivers get quality papers.if you should install drivers will get good performance.
Please do not post dangerous links to illegal copies of software. As well as being illegal, this is a very fast way to get malware. I will try to have the link removed. If you need a driver go to the original manufacturer only.