Adobe PDF printing preferences (Windows)

Printing preferences apply to all applications that use the Adobe PDF printer, unless you change the settings in an authoring application by using the Page Setup, Document Setup, or Print menu.

Note: The dialog box for setting printing preferences is named Adobe PDF Printing Preferences, Adobe PDF Printing Defaults, or Adobe PDF Document Properties, depending on how you access it.

To access printing preferences:

  • Open the Printers window from the Start menu. Right-click the Adobe PDF printer, and choose Printing Preferences.

  • In an authoring application such as Adobe InDesign, choose File > Print. Select Adobe PDF as the printer, and click the Properties (or Preferences) button. (In some applications, you may need to click Setup in the Print dialog box to access the list of printers, and then click Properties or Preferences to customize the Adobe PDF settings.)

PDF-specific options appear on the Adobe PDF Settings tab. The Paper Quality tab and Layout tab contain other familiar options for the paper source, printer ink, page orientation, and number of pages per sheet.
Note: Printing Preferences are different from printer Properties. The Preferences include Adobe PDF-specific options for the conversion process; the Properties dialog box contains tabs of options that are available for any type of printer.
Adobe PDF Conversion Settings
Select a predefined set of options from the Default Settings menu or click Edit to view or change the settings in the Adobe PDF Settings dialog box.

Adobe PDF Security
To add security to the PDF, choose one of the following options, or click Edit to view or change the security settings:
Reconfirm Security For Each Job
Opens the Adobe PDF - Security dialog box each time you create a PDF using the Adobe PDF printer. Specify settings in the dialog box.

Use The Last Known Security Settings
Uses the same security settings that were used the last time a PDF was created using the Adobe PDF printer on your computer.

Adobe PDF Output Folder
Choose an output folder for the converted PDF, or click Browse to add or change the output folder. Choose Prompt For Adobe PDF Filename to specify a location and filename at the time of conversion.

Adobe PDF Page Size menu
Select a custom page size that you have defined.

View Adobe PDF Results
Automatically starts Acrobat and displays the converted document immediately.

Add Document Information
Includes information such as the filename and date and time of creation.

Rely On System Fonts Only; Do Not Use Document Fonts
Deselect this option to download fonts when creating the PDF. All your fonts will be available in the PDF, but it will take longer to create it. Leave this option selected if you are working with Asian-language documents.

Delete Log Files For Successful Jobs
Automatically deletes the log files unless the job fails.

Ask To Replace Existing PDF File
Warns you when you are about to overwrite an existing PDF with a file of the same name.