How to Add Another Printer to Adobe Reader

By Kirk Bennet

If you work with PDF files in your business, you don't need to purchase the expensive Adobe Acrobat program if you merely need to view and print your documents. Adobe Reader, a free program, can open PDF files and print them using the printers connected to your computer. If you want to use a different printer to print a PDF from Adobe Reader, you need to install that printer on your Windows computer. Adobe Reader lists all printers installed in Windows, but it might not detect network printers. All you have to do is connect the printer to your computer and install it as a local printer.

Connect the printer to your computer and turn it on.

Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel" from the menu to open the Control Panel.

Click the "View devices and printers" link in the Hardware and Sound section to view a list of the printers installed on your computer.

Click the "Add a printer" button near the top of the Control Panel window; the Add Printer wizard pops up.

Click the "Add a local printer" button and click the "Next" button to use the default port.

Select the manufacturer of your printer in the Manufacturer box and the model of the printer in the Printers box, then click "Next."

Type a name for the printer in the Printer Name box, then click "Next" to install the printer on your computer.

Click "Next" and deselect the "Set as the default printer" option if you don't want to set the printer as the default printer.

Click "Finish" to close the wizard.

Restart Adobe Reader and open the PDF document. Press "Ctrl-P" to open the Print window, select the new printer from the list of available printers and click "Print."