FIX: Cannot Print PDF files from Acrobat Reader in Windows 10 2004 (Solved).

Last updated on November 13th, 2020

Yesterday, one of my clients reported that suddenly, it cannot print PDF files after updating Acrobat Reader to its latest version. The weird thing about this problem, is that the printer doesn't print, only when using Adobe Acrobat Reader to print PDF files, and not with Microsoft Edge or Foxit Reader.

Acrobat Reader DC print problem in details: When you try to print a PDF file from Acrobat Reader in Windows 10 nothing happens (the print process is not start and the print queue is empty), while the printer prints normally from other programs (Word, Excel, etc.).

If you could not print PDF documents in Acrobat Reader DC, follow the instructions below to fix the problem.

How to FIX: Acrobat Reader Can't Print PDF files in Windows 10 2004.

Method 1. Disable the Protected Mode in Acrobat Reader.

For an unknown reason, the printing problem in Acrobat Reader may appear, if the "Protected Mode at startup" setting is enabled. To turn off the "Protected Mode at startup":

1. Open the Acrobat Reader DC program and from the Edit menu choose Preferences.

FIX: Cannot Print PDF files from Acrobat Reader in Windows 10 2004.

2. Select Security (Enhanced) on the left pane and then uncheck the Enable Protected Mode at startup checkbox at the right.

Disable Protected Mode at Startup - Acrobat Reader DC

3. At the pop-up window, ask Yes.


4. Click OK to close the Preferences settings.
5. Close and re-open the Acrobat Reader application and try to print a PDF file. The problem should be solved. If not, continue to method 2.

Method 2. Print PDF file as Image.

The next method to fix the printing problem in Acrobat Reader, is to print your file as image. To do that:

1. In Print options, click the Advanced button.


2. Select the Print As Image setting an click OK.

Print PDF as Image

3. Click Print to print your PDF file, and if you still unable to print the PDF file in Acrobat Reader, proceed to next method.

Method 3. Update the Printer drivers.

Another method to resolve the Acrobat Reader PDF printing problem, is to install the newest version of drivers for your printer. To do that:

Step 1. Uninstall your Printer.

1. Go to Start image -> Settings image -> Devices.
2. Select your printer and click Remove device.

Uninstall Printer Windows 10

3. When the printer removal is completed, proceed and uninstall also any application related to your printer from 'Program and features' in Control Panel.
4. When done, unplug the printer from your PC and then restart you PC.

Step 2. Install the latest Printer drivers.

1. Download (from printer's manufacturer website), the latest drivers for your printer. *

* Suggestion: If the manufacturer offers a "Universal Printing driver", I suggest to download and install this driver.

2. When the download is completed, reconnect your printer and install the new printer driver.

Method 4. Print the PDF File from Microsoft Edge.

The final method to resolve the Acrobat Reader's printing issues, is to print your PDF document by using the Microsoft Edge (or your favorite web browser), or by using another PDF reader application, like the Foxit Reader.

e.g. To print a PDF file with Microsoft Edge, right-click on the PDF file and select Open with > Microsoft Edge. Then click the 'Print' option, to print your file.

Open with Microsoft Edge

Method 5. Update Adobe Acrobat DC to its latest version.

1. Uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from your PC.
2. Download and install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

That's it! Which method worked for you?
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