Instead of a physical printer, you can select Adobe PDF in almost any Windows or Mac OS application. Print to PDF creates an electronic copy of your file that you can save to disk.
Note: Printing a file to PDF using the Adobe PDF printer flattens the file.
Ensure that Acrobat is installed on your computer, otherwise, the Adobe PDF printer or the Save As Adobe PDF option won't appear. Don’t have Acrobat? Try Acrobat for free.
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For more information on Adobe PDF printer settings, see Using the Adobe PDF printer.
The Adobe PDF printer is not available on Mac. However, you can use the Save As Adobe PDF option to print a file to PDF on Mac.
In macOS Mojave (v10.14), when you try to print a document to PDF using the System Print Dialog > Save As Adobe PDF, the following error message is displayed: "This workflow contains the action Save As Adobe PDF, which is provided by a third party. Third party actions must be explicitly enabled."
To resolve this error, see Error in saving as Adobe PDF | macOS Mojave 10.14.