If You Experience Errors Printing PDF’s, Try this Trick

Sometimes when you print a PDF, a PostScript or other error appears. What this means is that the app that is printing sent a command to the printer that it doesn’t understand. The first thing to try if this happens is to a different program to print it, if there’s something available. On a Mac, you might try Preview or Adobe Acrobat, on a PC the only choice might be Adobe Acrobat. If you’re printing from a browser like Chrome, you can try a different browser or app.

If printing from a different app doesn’t work, you can use Adobe Acrobat to print it as an image instead of a PostScript document. There may be slight differences in output, but in general it’s a good option in this situation. To print as an image:

  1. Open the document in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Acrobat is available on all Hampshire owned computers, but you can download the Adobe Reader for free.
  2. Select the Print command. Choose the printer you want to use, and then press the “Advanced” button to the right.
  3. On the window that comes up, check the box labeled “Print as Image.”
  4. OK your way out of the boxes, and your document should print without error.