Adobe Reader Is Slow Opening the Print Box

Written by rob kemmett
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Adobe Reader is a free PDF reader made by Adobe Systems, Inc. The program allows you to view, sign, verify and print any PDF file. Like any piece of software, Adobe Reader can sometimes present technical issues, especially with regard to printing. There are various issues that can cause software glitches, such as conflict among device drivers, software and hardware, and corrupted software files. Luckily, troubleshooting this problem can be accomplished before you can say "PDF."

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Explorer.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the folder labelled "My Computer" to open a menu.

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    Click on "Properties" to open a new window that displays your system capabilities. In order for Adobe Reader to run properly, your computer needs to meet the following requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher, Intel 1.3 GHz processor or equivalent, and 128 MB of RAM.

  4. 4

    Close the window and right-click on the folder labelled "C:" to open a menu.

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    Click on "Properties" to open a new window that displays the breakdown of space on your hard drive. Adobe Reader requires that you have at least 335 MB of free space on your hard disk to function properly.

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    Open Internet Explorer.

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    Click "Help" on the top toolbar to open a drop-down menu.

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    Click "About Internet Explorer" to open a new window that displays information about your version of Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher is required for Adobe Reader to work correctly.

  1. 1

    Click "Start" on the bottom menu bar.

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    Click "Control Panel" to open a new window.

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    Click "Add or Remove Programs" to display a list of all active programs contained on your hard drive.

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    Click on the oldest version of Adobe Reader.

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    Click "Remove". A new window will open, asking if you are sure that you want to uninstall the previous version of Adobe Reader. Click "Yes" to begin the uninstallation process. Repeat this step for all old versions of Adobe Reader on your hard drive until only the newest version of the program remains.

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    Restart your computer.

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    Click "Start" on the bottom menu bar.

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    Click "Control Panel" to open a new window.

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    Click "Add or Remove Programs" to return to the list of active programs.

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    Click on "Adobe Reader."

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    Click "Change". A new window will open, asking if you are sure you want to continue. Click "Yes" to repair Adobe Reader.

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    Click "Start".

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    Click "Run" to open a dialogue box.

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    Enter "msconfig" into the box and hit "OK" to open a new window.

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    Click the "Startup" tab to display a list of start-up programs.

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    Deselect the applications you don't use. This will free up memory on your hard disk and allow Adobe Reader to access the proper amount of memory needed in order to function properly. This action will only disable the applications, not delete them from your hard drive.

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    Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Restart your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • These are the most common troubleshooting problems. For a complete list of troubleshooting issues, see Adobe's Troubleshoot System Errors or Freezes page (see Resources).

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