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4 Ways to Fix Can’t Print PDF in Windows 11

Windows’s “Microsoft Print to PDF” feature lets you print any document, image, or webpage as a PDF file. This feature works in most Windows applications and is convenient for creating a PDF file without additional software. When you print to PDF, the resulting file will look the same as the original document, with all formatting, images, and text preserved. This feature sometimes doesn’t work as intended. If you, too, face this issue, this guide will help you fix the can’t print PDF on your Windows PC.

Fix Windows Print to PDF

Methods to Fix Microsoft Print to PDF Feature Not Working

Users have experienced multiple issues using Windows PC’s Print to PDF feature. Sometimes the feature doesn’t pop up with the given command or hotkey. Or if it appears right but doesn’t print anything. Here we have fixes for all such errors on your Windows PC.

Method 1 – Set Microsoft Print to PDF as Default on Windows 10 or 11

If the Microsoft Print to PDF feature is not set to default, it will not appear when you give the print command. Here is a guide to set it to default so it pops up every time to give a print command.

1. Open Settings on your Windows PC by pressing the Win + I hotkey.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

2. Under Settings, navigate to Bluetooth and Devices > Printers and Scanners.

3. Select the Microsoft Print to PDF device to access more options.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

4. Click the Set as Default button on the top right corner.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

After this, whenever you try to print a document, the Microsoft Print to PDF will appear on the screen, and you can then print your PDF files easily. If this doesn’t fix your problem, then try the next method.

Method 2 – Enable Microsoft Print to PDF Dialogue on Windows

If the above method didn’t work for you and you could not find the Microsoft Print to PDF in the settings menu. The below-mentioned guide will help you install that feature on your Windows PC.

1. Go to the Windows Control Panel from the Start menu.

2. Switch the layout to Category View and select Programs from the list.

3. Click the Turn Windows features on and off option on the right.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

4. From the new popup window, locate Microsoft Print to PDF and click on the checkbox beside it.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

5. Click OK to close the window, and Windows will begin downloading and installing the necessary files to run the feature.

Once the installation is completed, reboot your PC, and the feature will be available on your Windows PC.

Method 3 – Enable Microsoft Print to PDF Using New Printer Wizard

Try this alternative method if adding Print to PDF on your PC doesn’t work. This method lets you do the same from New Printer Wizard in the setting.

1. Open the Settings app and go to Bluetooth and devices.

2. Click the Add Device button on this page.

3. After a few seconds, an Add manually link will appear. Click on it.

4. A dialogue box will open; select the ‘Add a local printer or network‘ option from the list and click Next.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

5. Select Use an existing port, select File from the drop-down menu, then click Next.

Fix Windows Print to PDF on Windows 11

6. On the Install the printer driver screen, select Microsoft as Manufacturer and select Microsoft Print to PDF from the Printers section.

7. Click Next, type your printer’s name, and click OK to save the changes.

The Microsoft Print to PDF feature will appear whenever you want to print a pdf or save any file to pdf on your Windows PC.

Method 4 – Reinstall the Microsoft Print to PDF feature using PowerShell

This method will reinstall the Print to PDF feature on your Windows PC. This restores the feature to its factory settings and has worked for many users.

1. Right-click the Start button and select Terminal (Admin) to open the elevated Powershell.

2. Execute the following commands one by one:

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -FeatureName Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -FeatureName Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features

These commands will disable and re-enable the print-to-PDF feature. You should reboot your PC once to get the feature working again. Once the commands are executed successfully, you can use the Print to PDF feature on Windows PC.


Q. How Do I Enable Print of a PDF in Windows 11?

You can turn on or enable the Print to PDF feature from Windows Control Panel. For more details, read the method two mentioned above.

Q. Why Can’t I Print PDF in Windows 11?

There can be multiple reasons for this, such as if the print to PDF is not set as the default feature on your Windows PC, or the feature might be turned off altogether. Check out the above methods to fix the print-to-PDF not working on your Windows PC.

Wrapping Up

With the above methods, you can fix the Microsoft Print to PDF dialogue box not working on Windows PC and start printing PDF files without problems. If you are facing other issues while printing as PDF, check out our other guide to fix it. Stay tuned to GadgetsToUse for more such reads.

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Amit Rahi

He is a tech enthusiast who always keeps an eye on the latest tech news. He is a master at Android and Windows “how to” articles. In his free time, you will find him tinkering with his PC, playing games, or browsing Reddit. At GadgetsToUse, he is responsible to update the readers with the latest tips, tricks, & hacks to take the most out of their gadgets.