Disable Auto-Preview

Posted on 2004-04-26
Last Modified: 2008-03-10

I'm creating .pdf's from MS Access using Adobe PDF as my default printer.  Is there a way to disable the auto-preview of the .pdf so that printing just creates the file and does not launch the Adobe Acrobat application?  

Thanks in advance,

Question by:charlie_lv
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 10922882
This is a Distiller preference (not a Distiller job option). Open up Distiller and select the Preference dialog (File>Preferences) and make sure that "View PDF when using Distiller" is not checked.

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ID: 10981994
Thanks khkremer - I found the check box.  It seems like it works for some reports, but not for others.  When printing a report from MS Access, does it somehow remember the printing preferences from the most recent print or from the first print?  I've unchecked the view .pdf box in the printing preferences in the Printers folder (Control Panel/Printers), but it still displays on some of the reports.  Any ideas?


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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 10991837
No idea why it's doing this.
Are you automating distiller, or is this normal printing to the Adobe PDF printer?
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ID: 10991840
Just normal printing at this point.
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 125 total points
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There may be one more way to accomplish this: Go to your control panel and select "Printers". Select the "Adobe PDF" printer and right-click. Select "Properties". Click on the button "Printing Preferences". Disable "View Adobe PDF Results". Click on "OK".
Does this make a difference?

Author Comment

ID: 11208589
My problem is solved.  It seems that Access has a memory of how you print the reports.  After manually going through each report, double checking the print preferences, and printing a couple of times, the reports no longer are displaying in Acrobat after they are created.  Thanks for the help khkremer - points for you!  --charlie_lv

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