Garbage characters when printing PDFs

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Hey Warriors,

I've noticed this from time to time.

A PDF will look ok when reading on screen, but will produce garbage characters when printed.

Sometimes it will be almost all of the text; other times, only section or page headings.

Why is this happening, and how can I prevent it?

Just to be clear, I'm talking about ebooks that I have purchased here and other places, or free reports.
#characters #garbage #pdfs #printing
  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    Hey Darrel maybe it was the way it was compiled. I mean if you can print a pdf fine on your computer, that rules out your printer and windows, but if its certain ones then it has to be how they compiled it
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  • Profile picture of the author Darrel Hawes

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    I've had this happen with IRS documents too, once in a while, on different computer/printer combinations.

    I just purchased a couple of helpful reports from a fellow Warrior, and had this issue come up again. Perhaps I'll contact him directly and see if he has any ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      See if this link gives you any useful answers:
      Acrobat User Community Forums / pdf files print garbled text


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      • Profile picture of the author Darrel Hawes
        That was an "obvious" answer that I had not considered.

        After trying a few of the solutions mentioned there, I decided to try an alternative PDF reader: Perfect PDF Reader.

        It worked! No garbage characters.

        Appreciate the help guys... it sparked my thinking to finally try a different piece of software.
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