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Windows 7: Printing PDF files

01 Jan 2011   #1

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Printing PDF files

Recd. a new computer for Christmas with Windows 7. The only problem I am having is prining PDF files from sites on the Internet.

No problem printing files already saved. When I go to print from a site on the Internet using the printer icon on the PDF page, the print screen flashes without giving me time to read it and then nothing happens. The file does not appear in the print que. Also, the Save function doesn't work either.

All the print functions are shaded in the File tab - so is Save and Save As. So, nothing happens when I try to go this way.

If I should be in another folder, please let me know.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

pd

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01 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hello jecapa and welcome to SF!
so just save them to a temp directory first, print them and delete them later. (especially seeing how files to be printed have to be downloaded anyways...I don't see a webpage streaming directly to your printer)
What browser are you using/ perhaps you're just missing the right plugin/extension to print PDFs directly.

-DG
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01 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

He did say that save and print options were greyed out on the file tab Sledge. It could be that the PDF files have some sort of protection enabled. If they have then the easiest way to print a PDF page is to use the snipping tool in Win 7. Take a snip of the section you want to print. Save it as a .jpg. Open the .jpg and print it. Simples.
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01 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Additionally to my former questions:
What webpage are we talking? Can you give me a link so I could see if it's the web page or something else that interfers?
It doesn't make any sense to me, if a page offers PDFs for download/printing and in a second step prevents such action so I'd rather look at the source code to see what's going on
Printing from a snipping tool just prints a pic (that's not the same) at least you'd have to run that clip by a OCR program (Optical Character Recognition) to convert it to some form of printable/editable text format.

-DG
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01 Jan 2011   #5

Win 7 32bit HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Additionally to my former questions:
Printing from a snipping tool just prints a pic (that's not the same) at least you'd have to run that clip by a OCR program (Optical Character Recognition) to convert it to some form of printable/editable text format.

-DG
Unless someone has Adobe Acrobat as opposed to the free reader, then isn't the pdf file also not editable?
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01 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks you very much for your help. On my old computer (XP), I have saved and/or printed hundreds of PDF files. I have been using computers since the 80s (YIKES!) before Windows was invented. I'm better with software than hardware.

Since the save is shadowed, I can't save it. The save feature on the PDF doesn't work either.

I have tried to save/print several PDFs and none work. Files that I had previouslsy saved on my old computer and transferred to the new are all able to print.

Here's one that I'm trying to print:

http://files.splinder.com/f6563fa896...5bcd29863c.pdf

Thanks for everything!!

Pat
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01 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I would suspect there is some security setting in your browser or you anti-virus that is preventing it. I was able to view/download/print the linked file.

First suggestion,assuming you are using I.E. 8, go to Internet Options (Tools/Internet Options) and click on the Advanced Tab. Click the "Restore Advanced Settings" button and then Apply. Restart I.E. and try the PDF again.
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01 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I agree with fireberd. The moment I clicked that link the pdf downloaded here. so the problem must be within your settings. Try his rest method and if that doesnt't help try the following suggestions.

Here you find a Microsoft article how to optimize/reset your browser.(especially Method 3 and Method 5)
How to optimize Internet Explorer
If that still brings the desired results, you could try this IE Addon:

PDF Download for Internet Explorer - Add-ons Gallery

-DG
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02 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 
Thanks

Thanks very much for your help. I followed instructions, but nothing seemed to work. As a last resort, I installed Firefox and it worked fine. I guess there's a security setting hiding somewhere that won't let me print/save from IE.

Again, thank you.

Pat
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02 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

You're very welcome, Pat.
Seeing how it works with FF it's definitely a settings issue with IE
so the above mentioned resets should have taken care of it

Anyhow, you found a way around it and got it working
That's all what matters
Thanks for the feedback!

DG
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