#1 By: howtogeek, April 17th, 2013 06:45
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/150891/how-to-print-to-pdf-in-windows-4-tips-and-tricks/
Unlike most other operating systems, Windows still doesn’t include first-class support for printing to PDFs. However, PDF printing is still fairly simple — you can quickly install a free PDF printer or use the support included in various programs.
#2 By: Erik Hicks, April 17th, 2013 07:30
There's a serious glitch with Adobe's PDF printer software when attempting to print web pages from Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers. When the file dialog window appears prompting you where/what file to print to, the browser will 'lock up' (freeze/frozen). When the browser process is terminated, you can no longer print anything in the web browser. When this happens, you need to restart the Windows print spooler service (run "services.msc" and scroll down to the service, right-click, stop, and then start it back up).
After much research, I found a solution/workaround: go into the Adobe PDF printer preferences and disable the "prompt for filename" option. Instead, specify a location to save the PDF files to.
Nice article HTG. Thanks!
#3 By: Xyroid, April 17th, 2013 10:00
Can you please give me link for Windows 8 metro app of CutePDF writer ?
#4 By: John Fulton, April 17th, 2013 10:06
Erik, Thanks for the solution, I was getting tired of the Mozilla / Adobe freeze-out.
#5 By: Deniz_Sevki_Kayabay, April 17th, 2013 10:13
I've been using PRIMO PDF for the last 5 years, and I'm happy with it. You can convert anything ( a picture, an office document, etc ) to PDF with Nitro PDF's Primo PDF free sotware. You can also adjust any kind of print,ng properties to make it a virtually small PDF file easy to share. Works as much like the Cute PDF, there's a printer added to your other registered printers.
#6 By: Iszi, April 17th, 2013 10:32
I don't think HTG ever implied there was a CutePDF app for Metro. A Google search for "cute pdf metro" turns up "CutePDF Writer Alternatives for Windows Metro" as the first result. Adding "site:cutepdf.com" to the query turns up nothing.
So, I suppose Windows RT users will have to use another solution.
@ChrisHoffman - It would be good to add more detail in the article about which versions of Office support print-to-PDF natively. I'm sure much of the world hasn't upgraded to 2013 yet.
#7 By: Xyroid, April 17th, 2013 11:13
Then, this image is of which app ?
#8 By: Lowell Heddings, April 17th, 2013 11:15
Those 13 people are going to be so disappointed!
#9 By: Iszi, April 17th, 2013 11:28
That's not an image - it's a broken link. I think you meant to point me here.
That said, I dunno. I suppose it was careless of me to totally miss that though.
#10 By: Barbara Smith, April 17th, 2013 11:39
I have been very happy with Print Friendly & PDF. You can choose your type size and eliminate portions of the page/article that you do not wish to print.
#11 By: Xyroid, April 17th, 2013 12:58
So you mean that's fake image ? There in no WinRT app of CutePDF ?
#12 By: Iszi, April 17th, 2013 13:10
I just tried searching the Windows Store for Cute PDF on my wife's Win8 computer. Turned up nothing. So, as I understand it, that means there is no Metro-based CutePDF app available which can be installed without developer-level access to the OS.
Now, what you're probably seeing in that screenshot (I didn't install CutePDF to test, but I think this is a reasonable guess) is the standard Print Properties dialog for a Metro-based application. CutePDF would have been installed on the Desktop, and its configuration applications and other dialog boxes would run on the Desktop, but other applications - including those running in Metro - will have access to use it just as they would any other printer.
Maybe @chrishoffman or another user who runs CutePDF on Windows 8 can verify this for us, and perhaps post more complete screenshots to demonstrate my point.
#13 By: 2Noob2BTrue, April 17th, 2013 15:04
Good point about Office versions, I'm still working with the 2007 Home and Student Suite.
#14 By: Michael Eve, April 17th, 2013 19:48
Another alternative, which I use, is the free Primo PDF available at PrimoPDF.com. This doesn't require the installation of Ghostscript. The print dialog is a bit verbose, but it works well. It's been a while since I installed it, so be careful not to install any extras they may try to squeeze in.
#15 By: Tracy Lf, April 18th, 2013 00:03
For Windows users, Open Office Writer is free & can export to .pdf.
I use Linux Mint as my main PC, and am happy with Writer. That being said, within my browsers, I can simply choose to print to .pdf, too (a capability of Mint).
#16 By: Farris, April 18th, 2013 01:33
Ow! Talk about the unlucky number!
#17 By: Chris Hoffman, April 18th, 2013 04:31
Yes, CutePDF Writer was installed on the desktop. Any printer installed on the desktop appears in Metro like that, including virtual ones like CutePDF Writer and Amazon's Send to Kindle.
I suppose this won't work on Windows RT because you can't install desktop software. You can't even install printer drivers on Windows RT, only use the ones Microsoft included. So this works on Windows 8, but not Windows RT (not much works on Windows RT, which is extremely limited.)
#18 By: theMike, April 18th, 2013 07:21
in windows i've always used DoPDF mainly because its simple and has the option to be the default printer. i don't use a printer so its saved as a pdf file. like techiegeekgirl said, pdf printing is already built into my kde desktop.
#19 By: Iszi, April 18th, 2013 09:13
Wow. That seems a little weird. Is this a limitation intended to be imposed against printer drivers by Microsoft? Or is this just a side-effect of the fact that all installers must come from the Microsoft store, and also that most printer driver install wizards are made for Desktop?
#20 By: Robert Dutton, April 18th, 2013 10:20
Unfortunately I volunteered to be a part of the win 8 consumer trial!!!
Anyway, there was a windows reader included in the program. I used it all the time and I thought it performed very well. Being only a novice Geek I probably missed any subtle quirks it may have had..
When I downloaded the final Win8, it was gone--disappeared--kaput.
What happened, Did the Adobe cartel threaten to infect all win 8 computers with Java malware???? only kidding, but I have wondered why Microsoft did not include the reader in the final product.
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