How to Print From Scribd

By Brian Kadigan

Updated September 28, 2017

Print your Scribd documents to make them even more useful.
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Scribd ( is a website that allows users to share documents. Once you create an account, you can share them with other users or through social-media networks. You can also embed a document in a blog or other website. Scribd accepts documents in plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), PDF, and PostScript formats, as well as Microsoft Office and OpenOffice documents.

You don't need a Scribd account to read most documents. Downloading or printing, however, requires an account.

Scribd does not provide a way to print directly from the website, at the time of publication. If you want to print a Scribd document, you need to download it to your computer first, then open it and print it.

Log in to your Scibd account. Look to the right of the document for the "Download" or "Print" buttons. The "Download" button will provide options for downloading the file in PDF, text or Microsoft Office formats, depending on the document and on what the author has allowed, while the "Print" button will let you download the PDF. Once you have chosen a format, choose where you want to save the document.

If your document does not open automatically, navigate to it and open it by double-clicking on it. The software application it opens in will depend on what format it is in. DOC formats will require Microsoft Word or another word processor; PDF documents will usually require Adobe Reader.

When you have the document open, use the application's "Print" option -- usually located in the "File" drop-down menu -- to print the document, like you would any other.


Not all Scribd documents can be downloaded. Scribd users have the option of preventing readers from downloading or printing their documents -- for copyright reasons, for instance.