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holdum333

Microsoft Print to PDF!

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Hi there! I'm wondering if we could get a blog on how to use the new w10 Printers. There are two new printers added to my W10 anniversary. They are Microsoft Print to PDF and Microsoft XPS Document Writer. A blog about these would be appreciated by this old country boy!;)

If any member knows about them and how they work, please explain what they do! It says I have the Print to PDK installed??

Thanks!

 

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Hello, those two virtual printer drivers wern't put there by the anniversary update.

the xps driver has been around since Vista, seeHERE

The pdf driver was included with win 10 from release HERE

 

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Hi @gus Thanks friend! I'll give your links a look. I never ram Vista. Was running W7! I skipped Vista! I'm always trying to learn new things!

This is the first time I noticed them!;)

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Hi! OK I clicked on a picture and it made it a PDF and sent it to my documents. I'm a little slow some times. What good did that do??

In other words! What good is this feature!!:ph34r: Why does MS call it a printer??

Thanks!

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21 hours ago, holdum333 said:

Hi! OK I clicked on a picture and it made it a PDF and sent it to my documents. I'm a little slow some times. What good did that do??

PDF format has been used for years, particularly in business. As I understand it, it makes a file which contains fonts and formatting to ensure the file displays the same on another machine which may not contain the same fonts and formatting. Basically it makes documents, and similar, consistent across different machines.

21 hours ago, holdum333 said:

In other words! What good is this feature!!:ph34r: Why does MS call it a printer??

It's not a real printer, more virtual, it's a driver to package the PDF into a standard output. Here's a pic from my machine which has Foxit PDF installed. It too has a Foxit PDF virtual printer driver.

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Heya @gus Thanks for your post my friend. I had Foxit one time. Don't remember why I stopped using it. It's starting to sink in this old country boy's head and I'm going to do some more playing around with it. I think you are saying this would be a good way to send a document to a friend! Some of things I'm still learning from users like yourself. Some things I once knew but have just plain forgotten!

I just created the PDF with the MS printer. It went to my documents. From there I was able to open it with internet Explorer. Am I getting close to understanding this my friend?;)

May I ask why so many things are grayed out in your screen shot!;)

Maybe another member, or quest will learn all this along with me!xD

Thanks gus!

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Here's Jpeg file converted to a PDF file. Who's say you can't teach a old dog new tricks!;) I think I did it right! 41kb difference!

Can you open my PDF file I created with MS Print to PDF; with Adobe or Internet Explorer? Yes I learned some thing new today.

Thank you! @gus You are appreciated my friend and a asset to the forum! So you already knew how to do this. Well I didn't, but I do now. I just need to remember how I did this. This is my thread that I created here, so surely I can have a little fun with it and not get hollered at for being a little off topic! LOL!

 

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3 hours ago, holdum333 said:

May I ask why so many things are grayed out in your screen shot!;)

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These are network devices that share multimedia, and only the highlighted Qnap nas is currently turned on.

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