Print to PDF in Windows 10 without using any software

Windows 10 allows you to Print to PDF natively, using Microsoft Print to PDF, which is built into Windows 10. You now no longer need to use any third-party free software to print files to PDF.

Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 10

Microsoft Print to PDF is a feature, built into Windows 10, that lets you  create a PDF file from several file formats using a native printer.

If you right-click on a file and select Print, you will see Microsoft Print to PDF as one of the print options available.

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If you do not find this option, you may want to check it it has been disabled by mistake. To verify this, Open Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners. Here under Printers, you will see Microsoft Print to PDF.

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Microsoft Print to PDF missing

If you do not see it, open Control Panel > Programs & Features. From the left panel, click on Turn Windows features on or off.

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Ensure that the Microsoft Print to PDF feature is checked. If not, check the box, click on OK and exit.

You may have to restart your Windows 10 computer.

Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF

If this does not help you, or if you removed Microsoft Print to PDF by mistake, type and search for Advanced printer setup in the taskbar search bar and click on the result.

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The wizard will search for printers and list them. Select Microsoft Print To PDF and click Next and follow the wizard to its completion.

Hope this helps!

This post will help you if you ever need to cancel a jammed or stuck Print Job queue.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Mulliano

    Hey Anand, I discovered this feature right after I installed Windows 10. As a long-time user of the third-party product CutePDF, I was surprised and pleased that printing to PDF is now a core feature of Windows. The feature works perfectly and I use it quite a bit for my publishing tasks. I’m glad you pointed it out to the Windows Club readers — nice job.

  2. True, I should have written abut this even earlier, but it just slipped my mind. 🙂

  3. vasudevG

    I also have ‘Print as PDF’, and that’s also from Microsoft… ?

  4. The one in my PC says Microsoft Print To PDF.

  5. Mike Shawaluk

    Does anyone know if it is possible to add custom paper sizes? I want to generate documents for display on tablet devices, and I currently use a 3rd party “PDF Printer” that lets me customize the paper size, so the document size fits the screen without extra borders.

    Thanks in advance,

  6. Rob

    Correction, if you accidentally removed the feature (as I did when I installed some other printer driver), you will not find it in Advanced printer setup. For me following worked:

    In “Turn Windows features on/off” uncheck, press OK, then check again, press OK. This will add “Microsoft Print to PDF” back to your Printers.

  7. Gary L

    I haven’t seen this either, and it’s a deal breaker for me / us. Back to PrimoPDF!

  8. Roger Wilco

    It’s not that great. There’s no option to automatically open the PDF after creation so you have to hunt for it.

  9. Johan E. Bengtsson

    It only prints at 600 DPI, which often is much too much.

  10. Achint Gupta

    Yes ! Is there any way to change it?

  11. Abu Shafiek Fryddie

    I have a problem changing the paper size from letter to A4 and preferences/advanced. It allows me to effect the change, ut after clicking apply and ok, it reverts back to letter. Any advice?

  12. Dayal Dass

    i am not able to print from “Microsoft print to PDF” printer. once I select the printer it opens a save as dialogue box and after choosing the name it does not save the document as pdf Or does nothing.

  13. Nancy Beals

    Foxit is a good PDF reader, and have have this funtion built in. better than what is built into 8.1 and 10.

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