Fix: Microsoft Print to PDF missing In Windows 10/11

Microsoft Print to PDF Printer
Microsoft Print to PDF missing In Windows 10/11

The Microsoft Print to PDF printer is a useful feature on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. It’s not a physical printer but a driver-based virtual printer, which can be used to convert documents to PDF files. For example, a Microsoft Word file can be converted to a PDF file using this printer, or if you want to print a web page to PDF using this printer.

The Microsoft Print to PDF printer is built into Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can find it by navigating to Control Panel -> Devices and Printers and checking for the printer in the list under Printers.

If you do not see the printer listed there, you may need to enable this feature on your device. I will guide you on how to add the Microsoft Print to PDF printer back to your device in case it’s missing.

Install Microsoft Print to PDF printer on Windows 10/11

The Microsoft Print to PDF printer can be installed on a Windows 10/11 device from the optional features that come pre-installed on Windows. Let’s go through the steps:

  • Go to Start 🪟 and search for ‘optional features‘. Alternatively, you can press Windows🪟 + R together to open a Run dialog box. Then type ‘optionalfeatures‘ in the Run box and press Enter“.
Open optionalfeatures from run dialog box
Install Microsoft Print to PDF printer on Windows 10/11
  • From the ‘Turn Windows features on or off‘ screen, select/check ‘Microsoft Print to PDF‘ if it’s unchecked and press the OK button.
  • If this feature is already enabled, then uncheck it and click OK to uninstall the Microsoft Print to PDF printer.
  • Restart your device.
  • Go to ‘optional features’ and check ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’ again to reinstall it. This should resolve and bring back the Microsoft Print to PDF printer.
Install Microsoft Print to PDF optional windows feature
Install Microsoft Print to PDF printer on Windows 10/11

Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF through Command Prompt

If you do not prefer a graphical user interface and prefer using the command prompt to troubleshoot Microsoft Print to PDF, you can utilize the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) command-line tool. This built-in tool on Windows devices is designed to manage Windows images.

  • Navigate to Start 🪟, then search for ‘Command Prompt‘.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select ‘Run as administrator‘.
  • Type the following command to uninstall/disable the Microsoft Print to PDF feature on Windows 10/11:

Command to Uninstall/Disable Microsoft Print to PDF

dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features" /NoRestart
  • Type the following command to install/enable the Microsoft Print to PDF feature on Windows 10/11:

Command to Install/Enable Microsoft Print to PDF

dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features" /NoRestart
  • Please verify whether the Microsoft Print to PDF issue has been resolved. If not, kindly restart your device and check again.
Microsoft Print to PDF feature enable and disable using command prompt
Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF through Command Prompt

Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF through Powershell

If you prefer using the PowerShell console instead of the command prompt, there are native PowerShell commands available for uninstalling/disabling and reinstalling/enabling Microsoft Print to PDF on your device.

  • Navigate to Start 🪟, then search for PowerShell.
  • Right-click PowerShell and select ‘Run as administrator.’
  • Type the following command to uninstall/disable the Microsoft Print to PDF feature on Windows 10/11:

Command to Uninstall/Disable Microsoft Print to PDF

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -FeatureName Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features
  • Type the following command to install/enable the Microsoft Print to PDF feature on Windows 10/11:

Command to Install/Enable Microsoft Print to PDF

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName "Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features"
Powershell to enable or disable Microsoft Print to PDF printer
Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF through Powershell

Locating the File Path for Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Files

Microsoft Print to PDF driver files location can be found by following the steps below:

  1. Press Windows🪟 + R together to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type printui.exe /s and press Enter.
Locating the File Path for Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Files
  1. Navigate to the ‘Drivers‘ tab, select ‘Microsoft Print to PDF‘, and then click on Properties.
Locating the File Path for Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Files
  1. The ‘Driver Path‘ property information reveals the location of the Microsoft Print to PDF driver. Copy the path and open it in File Explorer to view the driver files. On my system, the Driver Path is displayed as: C:\WINDOWS\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\prnms009.inf_amd64_620c281895426e89
Locating the File Path for Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Files
  1. The driver file for Microsoft Print to PDF is prnms009.inf. You can install the driver by right-clicking on this file and selecting ‘Install‘.
Locating the File Path for Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Files

Alternatives to Microsoft Print to PDF Printer

As Microsoft Print to PDF is an in-built Windows feature, it is the preferred option for most users. This doesn’t require any software installation and is provided by default in Windows 10/11.

However, if you prefer using third-party PDF printers, below is a list of available PDF writers for you to download:

Conclusion

Microsoft Print to PDF is a highly useful tool for converting documents to PDF format. This free solution comes pre-installed with your Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system. In this blog post, we have troubleshooted Microsoft Print to PDF issues by reinstalling it using various methods, including the command line.

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