How to fix printer error 482 in a few easy steps

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Solve printer error 482

When trying to use the PrintForm function after altering page settings, you may encounter one of these error messages on one of your printers: Run-time error 482 Printer Error or simply Printer Error.

These runtime errors are the result of a system’s inability to connect to the PrintForm Windows library from applications that keep on using the Visual Basic integration engine.

Even if Visual Basic is ancient technology now, it continues to be used by the likes of Excel, Citrix or Adobe Acrobat to provide embedded functionality for a system.

To resolve the problem, there are some confirmed fixes you can work through. You’ll find them detailed right below.

What can I do when getting printer error 482?

1. Turn the printer On

turn printer on

For starters, as silly as it may sound, the 482 error could appear when your printer isn’t online. Correct this innocent mistake by physically turning the printer On, or switching it to Online mode.


2. Use other printer settings

printer settings

You can also try to print by using different printer settings. Sometimes, switching from using the standard Print to PDF option to Microsoft Print to PDF solves this issue in a blink of an eye.


3. Make sure you have the appropriate printer installed

add a printer or scanner option

This often happens when you don’t have your printer installed from the Windows Control Panel. The solution, in this case, is to ensure you change that.

Therefore, go to Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then on Device Manager to see all of the connected hardware on your machine.

Don’t hesitate to double-click the Printers icon, and click Add a printer or scanner to install the printer.


4. Switch to the appropriate printer

handle text and graphics

Have you tried to print a form to a printer that can accept only text? Then, there’s no other quick fix than to switch to another printer that can handle graphics.


5. Use a registry cleaner

use a Registry cleaner

The Windows registry is the core of a large number of error types. This comes as no surprise as that’s the main database storage area for software and hardware settings, with printer settings included.

The Runtime 482 error can be caused by some printer settings inside the registry that become damaged at one point. To solve this, you need to use a registry cleaner, which is an automated tool that can fix all the damaged settings inside your PC.


No Registry cleaner is part of your PC maintenance toolkit? Here you’ll find the best choices for Windows 10.


6. Update drivers

updated driver software

Updating the drivers may not be your favorite activity. This especially happens in Windows 10 since this OS version makes the procedure slightly harder than it used to be.

However, the error also occurs when your printer drivers are out-of-date. Correct that by entering into Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager. Look for the Printers drop-down which will contain any relevant printers.

After finding yours, right-click it and hit Update driver. You may choose whether to search for the latest drivers automatically or manually if you have already downloaded the latest drivers or have them on external storage.


7. Clear out the print spooler

print spooler

The print spooler is a queue through which Windows is able to manage most print jobs. Clearing it out is very efficient, so press Windows+S keyboard hotkeys, type CMD, right-click and select Run As Administrator.

First, type: net stop spooler and then press Enter. Then, type DEL /F /S /Q %systemroot%System32spoolPRINTERS and press Enter.

Type: net start spooler. Finally, press Enter to restart the spooler and confirm the fix. Since this will clear all print queues, be careful. If you’re applying these steps on a server, make sure there are no other print jobs being processed on other printers as those will be deleted too.

If all these solutions can’t fix the problem, you might have to consider that your printer is jammed or out of paper or that your antivirus software hasn’t done its job.

A malicious file is potentially infecting the system and causes this error among others. In that regard, take a look at the best antivirus solutions for Windows 10.

While for some the error is printer dependent, other people have reported it to occur when using Adobe Acrobat or similar tools. Reinstall the affected software if that’s also your case.

If you still have problems after applying these solutions, let us know in the comments section below.

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