Fix PDF printer is missing in Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 comes with a useful print to PDF feature which allows you to create PDF files without using third party software. However, some users are already asking me what to do if the default PDF printer is missing from their Windows 10 system. In this article, we will see how to get it back.

The default Microsoft Print to PDF feature is a virtual printer in the system folder "Printers". The user is able to delete it using the context menu:Windows 10 delete PDF printer

Windows 10 delete PDF printer 02It is quite possible that in some editions of Windows 10, the built-in PDF printer is missing out of the box. Or it may have been deleted.

Here is how to restore Microsoft Print to PDF feature back in Windows 10.

Fix PDF printer is missing in Windows 10

To fix this issue, do the following:

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard. See the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
  2. Type the following in the Run box and hit Enter:

    See the following screenshot:Windows 10 run optional features

  3. The Windows Features dialog will appear. Locate the item in the list named "Microsoft Print to PDF".
  4. If checkbox is ticked, untick it and press OK. Then open Windows Features once again and tick the checkbox again.
  5. If checkbox is not ticked, tick it. Press the OK button.Windows 10 optional featuresprogress

After you do this, the built-in PDF printer will be restored. You are done.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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