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Printing PDF documents

You can print and view PDF documents from Acrobat Reader.


To print a PDF document in the Acrobat Reader Program:


1 Use File > Page Setup to set general printing options. The available options will vary with different printers and drivers. See your printer driver documentation for details.


2 Click the Print button, or choose File > Print.  Then specify the printer, page range, number of copies, and other options, and click OK. Most of the options are the same as they are for other applications, but note the following:

Selected Pages Or Selected Graphic (Windows) or Selected Thumbnails/Graphic (Mac OS) prints only the pages or page area you selected before opening the Print dialog box.


Page From/To prints a range of pages.


Fit To Page scales pages up or down (and if necessary rotates them) to fit the paper size currently installed in your printer. This is not available in most other applications.


Print As Image (Windows and UNIX) prints the pages as bitmap images. (In Mac OS, this is set in the Print Method pop-up menu.)


You may want to printpages as images if they have too many fonts to print as  PostScript®.  Print Method, in Windows and UNIX, specifies which level of PostScript to generate for the pages. Choose the level of PostScript appropriate for your printer. In Mac OS, this specifies whether to print using PostScript (without selecting level) or to print pages as bitmap images.


Force Language Level 3 (Mac OS) prints the pages using LanguageLevel 3 PostScript. Select this option if you’re printing PostScript to a file rather than to a printer and you want to use LanguageLevel 3 PostScript. (When you send PDF to a printer, let the printer driver specify what level of PostScript to use.) This is available only when you choose PostScript in the Print Method pop-up menu; if you choose PostScript in the menu and do not select this option, Level 2 PostScript is used.



Printing PDF documents from the command line (UNIX)

Besides printing directly from within Reader by choosing File > Print, you can print PDF files from the command line. The syntax for printing from the command line is:


acroread -toPostScript <options> <pdf filename>


Note: If a PDF file has been secured with an Open password or does not allow printing, you will not be able to print from the command line.


For example, to print the file sample.pdf to the default printer, type the following:


% cat sample.pdf | acroread -toPostScript | lp


You can use <options> to control your print job from the command line.

Options available to Reader are the following.


To create a Language Level 1, 2, or 3 file:

-level1 or -level2 or -level3


Note: -level2 is the default setting.


To print a PDF file to a differently named PostScript file:

-pairs <pdf filename1> <PostScript filename1> <pdf

filename2> <PostScript filename2> ...

For example, to print sample.pdf to, you would use the following syntax:

acroread -toPostScript -pairs sample.pdf


To use the printer’s default halftone screens instead of custom halftone screens included in the file:



To create a binary PostScript file:



To download fonts once per document rather than once per page:



To print a range of pages:

-start <page number> -end <page number>


To print the document in a landscape orientation:



To reverse the page order of the output:



To output only odd-numbered pages:



To output only even-numbered pages:



To shrink, expand or rotate a document, as necessary, to fit the page on

which it will be printed:



To scale the document:

-scale <scale factor>


To control the page size:

-size <page size>

where width and height can be numbers or letter, tabloid, ledger,

legal, executive, a3, a4, a5, b4, b5, or wxh (custom paper

size where w is the integer width in points and h is the integer height in



To turn off the print annotations feature: