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Windows 8 Reader cannot print

  1. #11


    Posts : 3
    win8 Pro


    I use PDF-Xchange Viewer and I noticed that when I tried to print a PDF document, it would not print. In looking at the print dropdown menu, I noticed that the printer listed was a PDF printer, not my Photosmart printer. When I changed it to my Photosmart printer, the document printed. Looking at devices in Control Panel, I noticed that the Xchange Lite PDF printer was the default printer, not my Photosmart printer. I am guessing that he is trying to print to a non-existent PDF printer and not to his actual HP printer. I noticed that in the control panel, there is a Intuit printer, Microsoft document printer, but I actually have only one printer, the HP Photosmart.

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here are 3 pictures that may be helpful.
    I hope so.

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  3. #13


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    can someone enlighten me -- What is the built in Windows pdf reader -- I didn't realize there was any "such animal". I've always installed FOXIT automatically without even batting an eyelid - it works, less bloat than adobe pdf doesn't nag every few days about yet another stinking update and seems to do the job perfectly.

    I'm always willing to learn -- so please don't take this post as meaning "I don't believe you" --I'm really curious about a Native Windows PDF reader -- I know some Ms Word addins can handle these as well but that's another product and a lot of people don't have office installed.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


    While you are in the page (Reader) press Ctrl+P, click Microsoft XPS Document Writer and click Print. HTH.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    can someone enlighten me -- What is the built in Windows pdf reader -- I didn't realize there was any "such animal". I've always installed FOXIT automatically without even batting an eyelid - it works, less bloat than adobe pdf doesn't nag every few days about yet another stinking update and seems to do the job perfectly.

    I'm always willing to learn -- so please don't take this post as meaning "I don't believe you" --I'm really curious about a Native Windows PDF reader -- I know some Ms Word addins can handle these as well but that's another product and a lot of people don't have office installed.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hi jimbo,
    I think it's the Metro Reader.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    the main advantage of the built-in Windows Reader is it's really good with touch. things like swiping pages or pinching to zoom in or out. much better than Adobe Acrobat Reader or any of the third-party acrobat readers for touch.

    that said, if you don't have a touch device, it's not that great as it doesn't have good annotation tools like the other ones do, especially regular Adobe Acrobat (but also Acrobat Reader).

    i never tried one of the newer touch pads with the built-in reader so I don't know how well the windows 8 gestures work for the reader like the pinch to zoom. if it works great with those touch pads, that's another plus for the free built-in reader.
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm trying to help.
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