How to Add Missing Microsoft Print to PDF to Windows 10

Microsoft Print to PDF is a handy feature in Windows 10 that makes printing documents to a PDF extremely easy. On some systems though, you might that Microsoft Print to PDF is missing when you go to use it.

That’s because it’s an optional feature in Windows 10 that’s usually on by default, but may need to be enabled and installed on some systems. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to enable and install Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10 for systems where it’s missing.

How to Enable Microsoft Print to PDF Optional Feature

Before you can install Microsoft Print to PDF, and its driver, you first need to enable it in Windows 10’s optional features.

  1. Hit Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. Type in optionalfeatures and click OK, or hit Enter on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can go to Windows Settings > Apps > Optional features > More Windows features (at the bottom).
    Windows 10 Run Window with optionalfeatures Command
  3. in the Windows Features window that appears, locate Microsoft Print to PDF and check the box to the left of it then click OK.
    Windows 10 Microsoft Print to PDF in Optional Features with OK Button Highlighted

Now you are ready to install Microsoft Print to PDF!

How to Install Microsoft Print to PDF / Driver in Windows 10

  1. Click the Start button and then click the Gear icon in the bottom left of the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Settings Icon in Start Menu
  2. In the Settings window that appears, click Devices.
    Windows 10 Devices in Settings Window
  3. Click Printers & Scanners under Devices in the menu on the left.
    Windows 10 Printers and Scanners Option in Device Settings
  4. Click Add a printer or scanner and then click The printer that I want isn't listed when it appears (this can take a few seconds).
    Windows 10 Printers and Scanners That Device I Want is not Listed Option
  5. In the Add Printer window that appears, select Add a local printer...with manual settings and click Next.
    Windows 10 Add Printer Windows with Local Printer Option Selected and Next Button Highlighted
  6. On the next screen, select FILE: (Print to File) from the Use an existing port dropdown menu, and then click Next.
    Windows 10 Add Printer Window with Existing Port Dropdown Menu Open and FILE Option Selected
  7. In the following screen, select Microsoft from the list on the left and then Microsoft Print to PDF in the list on the right. Click Next afterwards.
    Windows 10 Add Printer Window With Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Selected

    Note: If the Microsoft Print to PDF is missing from the list on the right, click the Windows Update button, then look for it again.

    In some cases, the driver will still be missing from the list even after clicking the Windows Update button. To fix this issue, you’ll need to remove the old driver from the system first and then try the above again. Here’s how to remove the Microsoft Print to PDF driver from your system:
    1. Open the Windows Run dialog box (Windows key + R), type in printui.exe /s, and hit OK.
    2. In the Print Server Properties window, click the Drivers tab.
    3. Locate the Microsoft Print to PDF driver under Installed printer drivers and remove it. When asked whether to remove only the driver, or the driver and its packages, remove only the driver. Click Yes on any other confirmation boxes.
  8. Type a name for the printer, or leave it as the default Microsoft Print to PDF (recommended), and click Next.
    Windows 10 Add Printer Window with Printer Name Containing Microsoft Print to PDF
  9. Finally, click Finish in the Add Printer success window. You may also want to test the printer and make sure it’s working!

3 thoughts on “How to Add Missing Microsoft Print to PDF to Windows 10”

  1. This is not accurate:
    On the next screen, select FILE: (Print to File) from the Use an existing port dropdown menu, and then click Next.
    It should be set to PORTPROMPT

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  2. The driver isn’t listed among the available Microsoft drivers, and it isn’t listed as installed using printui.exe /s so it can’t be removed.
    What then? Where can I find this driver?

    Reply

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