Computer users on Windows and Mac platforms can exchange documents in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Acrobat Professional are the applications that enable users to create and modify PDF documents. One of the software's utilities installs a virtual printer to simplify creating a PDF because users can select this printer for output from any program. Sometimes system upgrades can remove the virtual printer from the list. Since the Adobe drivers were previously installed, an Adobe PDF printer can be set up.
Click the Windows "Start" menu, select "Control Panel," choose "Hardware and Sound," click the "Add a Printer" link under Devices and Printers.
Click "Next" and select "Local Printer Attached to This Computer."
Remove the check from "Automatically Detect and Install My Plug and Play Printer" and click "Next."
Select "My Documents*.pdf (Adobe PDF)" in the port selection drop-down menu and click "Next."
Select the "Have Disk" option and click the "Browse" button to open a dialogue box.
Select the "AdobePDF.inf" file located in the AdobePDF folder in your Program Files directory under "Adobe" | "Acrobat 9.0" | "Acrobat" | "Xtras."
Select the first item on the list of Adobe PDF Converter options and click "Next."
Type "Adobe PDF" in the field for a printer name and click "Next."
Wait for two minutes for the system to process the drivers and click "Finish" to close the Add a Printer wizard.
Click "Applications," select "Utilities" and launch the "Printer Setup Utility." Click the "Print & Fax" icon in the Systems Preferences utility located on the dock.
Click the "+" beneath the list of printers to add a printer.
Type "pdf" in the Search bar at the top right of the dialogue window.
Select "Adobe PDF" in the list of available printers.
Select "Adobe PDF" from the drop-down menu of installed drivers in the Print Using section.
Click "Add" to complete the process.
Utilities are available for download that install a PDF printer. See Resources for available utilities.