Adobe Acrobat Prints Garbage or garbled words on my PDF
By Cathy Margolin,
My Adobe Acrobat used to print fine, but all of the
sudden it printed garbage or garbled letters on some but not all pdf’s that
it made or printed. I like to save my emails off as pdf’s as documentation
or even save websites at a specific point in time, so use the Acrobat as a
Since I save of lot of documentation as pdf’s (like
emails, receipts) this problem was vexing me until I figured out the answer.
Since Adobe kept doing updates, I think the default settings got reset. And
it happened on 2 different PC’s at about the same time, so I know it was
not just me. It also happened on both Adobe Acrobat 9 and also Acrobat X
(2 different PC’s).
Turns out Acrobat (I was using Acrobat 9 at the time)
had changed the default setting to use “system fonts only, do not use
There are two ways to change it back- On- the- Fly
version - one is per each time you print a pdf and the other fixes it
the- Fly version: When you are in a program and want to print to a PDF
file, you select Print Preview, Printer Properties and this screen pops up.
On the ADOBE PDF settings page, UNCHECK, Rely on System Fonts, do not
use document fonts. Then hit OK.
If you want to change it permanently, when in Windows
Vista or Windows 7, click on the start button on the lower left. Select
Devices and Printers or Control Panel, then Printers . You should see the
Adobe PDF showing up as a printer.
Right Click on the Adobe PDF icon (picture), and select
Printing Preferences. As above, on the ADOBE PDF settings page,
UNCHECK, Rely on System Fonts, do not use document fonts. Then hit OK.
This should allow Adobe Acrobat to use all the fonts in
the document and not print garbles or garbage pages when you really want
just the “Page as is”.