Can't print pdf, only option is to save to .prn file

I am trying to print a pdf file but it's saving as prn file when I try to print.



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From your issue description I understand that you are unable to print pdf, as printing a pdf file prints to prn file.


For better understanding of the issue, answer the following questions.


1. What is the make and model of the Printer?

2. Which application are you using to view and print .pdf files?  


You may perform the methods suggested below and check if they help you fix the issue.


Method 1: Disable “Print to file” option.

Open printer properties; uncheck the box next to “Print to file”

Refer this:

Note: Above link is applicable to Windows XP also.


You may follow the steps from the article.

Troubleshoot PDF printing:


Method 2: Download, install the updated Adobe reader and check if helps.

Refer this link to download the application.

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Last updated July 3, 2020 Views 91,511 Applies to: