Turn On or Off Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10
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    01 Apr 2017
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    How to Turn On or Off Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10

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    Windows 10 allows you to Print to PDF natively using the Microsoft Print to PDF feature. Microsoft Print to PDF lets you create a PDF file of the contents of any web page or file without the need to use third-party software.

    The .pdf file created by Microsoft Print to PDF can be opened by any app that supports this format. For example, Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, etc...

    Microsoft Edge is the default app used to open .pdf files with in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Microsoft Print to PDF feature for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn Microsoft Print to PDF on or off.




    Here's How:

    1. Open Windows Features.

    2. Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Microsoft Print to PDF for what you want to do, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    3. When Windows is finished applying changes, click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    27 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Ohio
    Posts : 15
    Win 10

    Is there a way to enable/disable or just reinstall the Mircosoft print to PDF option from the command line or powershell script?
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  2.    27 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Hello beubakes,

    Yeah, it's pretty much just to turn on/off the feature instead of enable/disable, but it effectively does the same though.

    You could use option 2 and 3 in the tutorial below to turn on/off this feature using PowerShell.

    Turn Windows Features On or Off in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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  3.    27 Sep 2017 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Ohio
    Posts : 15
    Win 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello brubakes,
    Yeah, it's pretty much just to turn on/off the feature instead of enable/disable, but it effectively does the same thou gh.

    You could use option 2 and 3 in the tutorial below to turn on/off this feature using PowerShell.

    Turn Windows Features On or Off in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
    Thanks Brink. I am able to enable the feature, but even after doing so the printer object never actually shows up. I wonder if there is something I'm missing.
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  4.    27 Sep 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,748
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Odd. Does it show up in Devices and Printers opened from the Control Panel (icons view)?
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  5.    27 Sep 2017 #5
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Ohio
    Posts : 15
    Win 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Odd. Does it show up in Devices and Printers opened from the Control Panel (icons view)?
    Nope. Even tried fully removing and reinstalling the feature.
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  6.    27 Sep 2017 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,748
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Normally, you don't need to restart the computer to apply, but you might see if it may help if you haven't already.

    In addition, you might also see if you may be able to add it back using the method below.

    How to Add or Reinstall the Microsoft PDF Printer - Microsoft Community
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  7.    28 Sep 2017 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 6,405
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    Why would anybody actually want to disable this other than OCD?
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