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Suddenly requiring download and save before I can print pdf?

New Here ,
Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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I had no problem a week ago opening a document and clicking on print, it would open and I could print.  Now it is requiring it to download and save before I can print.  I am not sure what is happening or why.  I am using Google Chrome Windows 10.  I am no expert on the computer, so please be gentle with me.  Thank you. 

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Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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When I open a PDF in a website through Chrome on Windows and choose to print, the default Desitination is to print to PDF. Are . If I choose to Print a PDF from the browser. There is an option to See more options and choose a printer. Do you get that option?

A lot of PDFs are designed to work better in Acrobat than in a browser. So printing may be more accurate in Acrabat than from a browser.

You say the printing worked OK a week ago. Did you try the same online PDF as before or a new one? have you updated Acrobat or Chrome since then?

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Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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Thank you for replying, as I mentioned I am not the best on the computer, but am able to understand some of this.

 

I open the project and click on Get PDF to Print.

 

Click on Get PDF to Print another window opens.  I click on Open PDF.  Previously it would just open the page and I can print from there.

 

Now, it opens the download folder, and I have to download it, then before I can print I have to open the folder and print from there.

 

I have attached a screenshot of the print box.   I have used this same item to be printed for over 2 years and have not changed anything.  All of my programs are up-to-date.

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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As try67 has said, your browser may be set to download the file rather than opening it directly.

Does this happen with all web pages that link to PDF? Sometimes a webpage may link to a PDF and force it to eb downloaded rather than opening it.

Here is what I see when opening a PDF in Chrome.
First, im the top right corner, I see the printer icon. To the left of it is the download icon to save the PDF to my hard drive.

pdf_print.jpg


Next, when I click the printer option, I get the following.
pdf_print2.jpg

 

This is what I was mentioning in my earlier post. Under Destination, the default shows Adobe PDF. I can select See more... to get options to send to a printer.

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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I suddenly have the same problem. The printer box does not apper. Previously, I click the printer icon and the print box appeared for me to choose the destination and print. That option no longer exists. For example, I open an online account, click the printer icon and it immediately opens the 'save as' for downloads. It does the same with all websites that have a print directly from the site function. This was not the case just a couple of weeks ago.

I went to settings and there is nothing under site settings regarding printing.

I have no problem printing from apps.

The default printer is NOT set to 'print to pdf'.

I do not want these files downloaded as I have to then go into the file, print it and then delete the downloaded file. This all began when I added the Adobe extension to my Chrome browser. I have disabled it, but it still forces downloads instead of printing. 

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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You can set the browser to display the file within it, but then you won't be using Reader.

This setting is available under Settings - Site Settings - Content - PDF Documents.

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Apr 20, 2024 Apr 20, 2024

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I had this same issue.  Downloads were quickly using up hard drive.  It was maddening.  

Try this:

Go to: Settings then Privacy & Security then PDF Documents.

Change this setting from "Download to PDF's"     to      "Open PDF's in Chrome"  

Hope this helps!  

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