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How To "Fix" The PDFMaker Error [Converting XLS To PDF]

In using Microsoft Office 2007 in combination with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional, I’ve discovered that there are some issues. Namely, in converting Excel documents to PDF documents. Word documents seem to work ok. But the problem comes when Excel tries to utilize the PDFMaker utility. A message pops up saying “Missing PDFMaker Files.” Then it asks if you would like to reinstall Adobe using “repair mode.”

This happens whether you try to convert through Adobe, or if you open Excel and convert using the Adobe PDF print option.

I’ve discovered a “solution” to the problem, although I haven’t actually figured out what exactly causes this error.

Solution:

  1. Open the Excel document you want to convert to PDF in Excel.
  2. Select the “Print” option.
  3. Under the Printer name, select “Adobe PDF.”
  4. Click “Properties,” and on the menu that pops up, make sure the following boxes are UNchecked: “Add document information,” “Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts,” and “delete log files for successful jobs.”
  5. Under the “Default Settings,” select “High Quality Print.”

After this is complete, you can successfully convert your Excel document to PDF. I don’t know why this works, but it does. So, if you have this same problem, and you know a little more about this… or, if what I’ve done has helped you to figure out the actual problem, feel free to leave a comment and let me (everyone) know.

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  1. Adnan.saifuddin
    Friday May 23, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    In using Microsoft Office 2003 in combination with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional, I’ve discovered that there are some issues. Namely, in converting word documents to PDF documents.A message pops up saying “Missing PDFMaker Files.” Then it asks if you would like to reinstall Adobe using “repair mode.”

  2. Alex
    Saturday December 6, 2008 at 8:51 AM

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  3. Victor
    Wednesday June 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    This fix worked perfectly. Thanks for publishing this article!

  4. Tom
    Tuesday June 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    I had the same problem with RTF documents in Word. Thanks for the fix but, obviously, there’s some basic problem here that MS and Adobe need to fix permanently.

  5. Abdulhamed
    Saturday October 3, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    to fix the problem jast change the Unlicensed font in doc With

    Default font

  6. Abdulhamed
    Saturday October 3, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    Abdulhamed :to fix the problem jast change the Unlicensed font in doc With
    Default font

  7. Tuesday October 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Wow! Very much appreciated. This completely solved my problem. Thank you very much for publishing this!

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  12. Kayci
    Monday February 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Yes, the first suggestion to save as a PDF unchecking the boxes WORKS! THANK YOU!

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