Adobe Reader Does Not Show My Printer: Fixing the Problem

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Adobe Reader for Macs is a great instrument for editing your PDF documents, and it is really useful when you need to print something. However, some users encounter certain problems while trying to add a printer to Adobe Reader – its print interface just doesn't seem to recognize a device, let alone be able to do anything with it. This problem is much more common in the Windows 10 Adobe Reader version, so we'll review its possible solutions mainly for this operating system.

Repairing the Installation

adobe reader installation screenshot

First of all, you should try repairing your Adobe Reader installation. The software comes with some repair tools that are quite useful, and we're going to use those tools to try and make your Reader see more available printers. To repair your installation, follow these simple steps:

  1. Run your Adobe Reader by double-clicking on its icon.
  2. Look for the main menu – it's located almost at the top of your screen. Click on the Help tab, then choose the Repair Installation option.
  3. A dialog box will open, click Yes.
  4. The repairing process will start, and it may take quite some time. However, you should wait until the process is completely finished because interrupting it will leave your problem unsolved – and it can cause additional problems with your document.
  5. Once the process is finished, close Adobe Reader and run it once again.
  6. Open your PDF document, click on the File tab and choose the Print option. Look for your device in the printer section.
  7. Your printer should appear among other available devices nearby. But if it doesn't, it's your printer's driver that you should check next.
  8. Updating Drivers
  9. If repairing the installation of Adobe Reader itself has proven useless, the program is probably not a part of your problem. That means it's time to check the drivers:
  10. Open Run by choosing it from the main Windows menu or just by pressing Windows + R.
  11. Type devmgmt.msc in the box, then click OK.
  12. A window will open. Look into the Printer section. Your devices should be listed here – at least if there are no problems with connectivity.
  13. Choose the printer you want to use, right-click on it, then click Update Driver.
  14. A window will open. Choose the first option, then wait for Windows to update your printer driver automatically.
  15. Reboot your computer, then open Adobe Reader and try to find your printer.

These steps are usually enough for your device to reappear in the available devices menu. However, sometimes it's not the drivers that cause the problem. If the issue persists, the only thing left to do is try the built-in Troubleshoot tools of Windows 10.


If other solutions fail to solve your problem, you can always try the troubleshooting tools:

  1. Open your system's Settings, then click on Update and Security.
  2. Look for the Troubleshoot tab. Scroll down and click on the Printer option.
  3. Press the button.
  4. The troubleshooter will scan your system for any problems, fixing them automatically.
  5. Apply the fixes and reboot your computer. Now check if your printer has reappeared.

The troubleshooting should help you get rid of any remaining internal system problems that cause printers not showing in Adobe Reader issue.

Other Solutions

There are lots of other ways to solve the problem Adobe PDF Reader printer may cause. You can try to set your printer as default or look for additional troubleshooting tools offline. So if you're aware of a great way to solve this problem, be sure to tell about it in the comments or just share the article with other Adobe Reader users.

Antoine DeGrasse


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