Fix: Windows 8 Reader App does not list all the connected Printers

The Reader app is one of the best productivity solution Windows 8 has provided to us. It has killed the necessity to install third party PDF readers and has provided native support for the PDF documents. Previously, users has to install another third party PDF software like Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader etc. to read PDFs. But with the release of Windows 8, reading PDF files has become so easy. You can create a PDF file instantaneously in Word 2013 and open it in Reader app on the go!


The Reader app is similar to other apps in its category. So, in case you want to print a PDF instantaneously, you just need to press Ctrl+P combination of keys and the printers will be listed which are connected to the system.


However, if you are not able to see the list of printers connected to the system, then there exists a possibility that services associated with the printers is not already running on your system. So, in this article, we’ll show you how to fix up this issue so that computer is just able to list all printers connected to it.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination on keyboard and type services.msc in the Run dialog box. Click OK.


2. In the Services window, scroll down to bottom and look for Print Spooler service. If you’re really facing the issue to not getting printers enlisted, the service will have not running or may be disabled status.


3. Double click the same service, and click Start in the following window. Also make sure it has Startup type as Automatic rather than Automatic (Delayed Start). Click Apply followed by OK.


That’s it! Now reboot the system and retry to list the printers in Reader App and this time you’ll see the list!


Hope you find the tip useful!

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