Microsoft Print to PDF is a handy feature in Windows 10 that makes printing documents to a PDF extremely easy. 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
Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Windows
Run dialog box.
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 Features window that appears, locate
Microsoft Print to PDF and check the box to the left of it then click
How to Install Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10
Start button and then click the
Gear icon in the bottom left of the
Settings window that appears, click
Printers & Scanners under
Devices in the menu on the left.
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).
Add Printer window that appears, select
Add a local printer...with manual settings and click
On the next screen, select
FILE: (Print to File) from the
Use an existing port dropdown menu, and then click
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
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:
- Open the Windows
Rundialog box (Windows key + R), type in
printui.exe /s, and hit
- In the
Print Server Propertieswindow, click the
- Locate the
Microsoft Print to PDFdriver under
Installed printer driversand remove it. When asked whether to remove only the driver, or the driver and its packages, remove only the driver. Click
Yeson any other confirmation boxes.
Type a name for the printer, or leave it as the default
Microsoft Print to PDF (recommended), and click
Finish in the Add Printer success window. You may also want to test the printer and make sure it’s working!