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Thick/inconsistent border lines when converting excel into pdf.

New Here ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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Hello, I've had this issue inconsistently occur before. Basically, when I convert an excel sheet into an adobe pdf, my borders get screwed up (typically thickened). I've tried troubleshooting and changing my border options to the smallest dotted line based on previous post suggestions, or going to "Print" before converting, but it still occurs. See pics below for example. 

1) Borders appear normal in excel (thin lines, consistent). 

Lacey33668938njwg_2-1700167305631.png

2) Once converted to PDF, random borders appear thickened...not consistently unfortunately.

Lacey33668938njwg_1-1700167231440.png

Does anyone know of a way to prevent this issue from occurring? Since excel and adobe are both microsoft products I'm disappointed that this issue has not been fixed yet. It makes PDF documents look messy and unprofessional. 

 

Note: I am using Adobe Pro (lifetime license) and Excel version 2310. Note that in Adobe Pro the option to "enhance thin lines" does not solve the issue. 

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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- How exactly are you converting the Excel file to PDF? What command are you using?

- Do the lines still appear this way if you zoom in? This can sometimes appear to happen when you zoom out of a page and the rendering of the lines is not perfect, but in fact they are identical.

- Adobe is not a Microsoft product... Adobe is its own company that develops various applications for Microsoft Windows (and other platforms).

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Hi Try, thanks for responding. 

  • When I convert the excel file to PDF, I go to File --> Save as Adobe PDF. Is there another method you'd recommend?
  • Good question about zooming in - the line thickness continues to vary/change (inconsistently), but I'd say overall it looks less bad zoomed in so perhaps it is a rendering issue. I've included some screenshots below. Do you know why this occurs?
    • The spreadsheet in question here is a data summary. In reality, this is something that our client doesn't look at in-depth (i.e. they'll just skim over it) - which means that the first glance may leave a sloppy impression (I'm a bit of a formatting snob, so it does for me anyways) . It may not seem like a big deal but I'd advocate that the devil is in the details...
  • Thanks for letting me know, I definitely thought Adobe was Microsoft software (I think because it was included in our 365 package at work...?). 

Here are examples of line border thickness changes at different zooms:

Zoom at 75%:

Lacey33668938njwg_0-1700239621014.png

Zoom at 125%:

Lacey33668938njwg_1-1700239659193.png

Zoom at 200%:

Lacey33668938njwg_2-1700239909460.png

Thanks for your help and time on this!

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Try converting it via the Create PDF command in the Acrobat ribbon, instead.

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