Printer not showing in Adobe Reader: 4 solutions to fix this

Tashreef Shareef
by Tashreef Shareef
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Fix PDF Reader Not Detecting printer in Windows

Adobe PDF reader allows you to print the PDF documents from its print interface. However, several users have reported that they are unable to print from the Adobe PDF reader interface as their printer is missing from the print option.  Users have reported the printer is not showing in Adobe Reader in the Microsoft Community Forums.

Printer will not print from Adobe Reader using Windows 8. It will print a test page from devices. Troubleshooting cannot find anything wrong

Follow the steps listed in this article to fix this issue on your Windows system.

Why is my pdf not printing correctly?

1. Download and run the latest version of Acrobat

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  1. Download the latest version of Acrobat.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
  4. Check to see if this solves your issue. If not, try the next methods.

2. Repair Adobe Acrobat Installation

  1. The Acrobat reader comes with a built-in repair tool. Using the repair tool can help you to resolve the issue.
  2. Launch the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on your computer.
  3. Click on Help and select “Repair Installation“.
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  4. In the new Dialog box, click Yes for the “Are you sure you want to repair the current installation” message.
  5. Adobe Reader will initiate the repair process which might take some time. So wait till it is completed.
  6. Once the repair process is complete, close, and launch Adobe Reader again.
  7. Click on File and select Print and check if your printer is listed in the printer section.

We’ve written extensively on printing issues with Adobe Reader. Check out these guides for more information.

3. Update Printer Driver

  1. If the issue persists, try to update the printer driver from the device manager.
  2. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  3. Type devmgmt.msc and press OK to open Device Manager.
  4. In the Device Manager, expand the Printer section.
  5. Right-click on your printer and select Update Driver.
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  6. Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software” option.
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  7. Windows will now look for any pending driver update and download it.
  8. After the installation is complete, reboot the system.
  9. Open Adobe PDF reader and check if you can find your printer in the printer interface.

4. Run Printer Troubleshooter

  1. Open Start and select Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot tab from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down to Printer and click on it.
  5. Click on “Run the troubleshooter” button.
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  6. The troubleshooter will scan for any issues with the printer and recommend an appropriate fix.
  7. Apply the fixes and restart the system if prompted. After the restart check for any improvements.

If the issue persists try to set your printer as default.

Set Printer as Default 

  1. Type Control Panel in the search box and open it.
  2. Next, go to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
  3. Now right-click on your printer select “Set as Default Printer“.
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  4. That’s it. Now check for if you are able to print the document from Adobe Reader.

We hope this guide has managed to solve your printer issue inside Adobe Reader. If you want to get into contact with us don’t hesitate to use the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Adobe Acrobat

  • Can I get Adobe Reader for free?

Yes, this software is considered the standard option for viewing PDF files and is completely free. You can download it by following the first step of this guide.

  • Do I need Adobe Acrobat?

Yes, you will need Adobe Acrobat if you need to have many editing options for PDF files on your Windows PC.

  • Does Windows 10 have Adobe Reader?

No, Windows 10 doesn’t usually come bundled with the Adobe Reader, but you can install it simply by following the steps mentioned in the first method in this article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2019 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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