How to Reset Adobe Reader to the Default Printer

By Ryan Menezes

Adobe Reader prints PDFs exactly as they appear on your screen.
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Adobe Reader always uses your system's default printer as its own primary device. If your program uses another printer instead, your system's default printer has changed, perhaps due to a fault with the printer itself. In an office network, the problem may result from a failed connection between the larger network and the printer or your computer. You can reset Adobe's default printer by setting a new default printer or reverting to your old one.

Confirm that your target printer works by printing a test document using a different program. If the printer doesn't work, refer to its documentation to troubleshoot your problem or choose a different printer as your new default device.

Right-click the screen's lower left corner and click "Control Panel" to launch the Control Panel.

Click "Devices and Printers" to open a list of all installed printers.

Right-click a printer and click "Set as Default Printer" to reset it as your default printer.

Open a PDF in Adobe Reader. Click "File" and "Print" to open the Print dialog box. Adobe Reader lists your system's default printer as its own default printer.