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PDF files are slow to print to certain PCL printers (Acrobat 7 on Windows)


When you print PDF files, it takes a long time for the file to be spooled to the printer.

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You are printing from Adobe Acrobat 7 .x using a PCL printer driver.


Do one or more of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Print the file using a PostScript printer driver .

If your printer supports PostScript printing, then install the PostScript printer driver provided by the printer manufacturer and print using this driver.

Solution 2: Print using Print as Image option in Advanced Print setup .

1. Choose File > Print, and then click Advanced.

2. Select Print As Image.

3. Click OK to close the Advanced Print Setup dialog box, and then click OK again .

Solution 3: Change the Print Optimizations setting to " Disabled " .

1. Choose Start > Settings > Printers.

2. Right-click the printer you are using and choose Properties.

3. Click the Printing Preferences button.

4. Click the Advanced tab.

5. Under Document Options, choose Disabled next to Print Optimizations , and then click OK .

6. Click OK to close the printer properties window .

Background information

Acrobat uses different printing routines based on the type of printer driver your system uses . When you use the PCL printer driver, the spool file sent to the printer is larger than it should be. When you p rint using the PostScript printer , you will not encounter this problem.

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