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Convert Excel 2003 file to PDF with Acrobat Pro 6.0 - No gridlines appearing on PDF

Posted on 2009-02-24
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
The machine is running windows XP professional, SP2 and has Microsoft Office 2003 installed.  For PDF functionality the machine has Adobe Acrobat Pro 6.0.  Upon converting to PDF from Microsoft Excel the resulting PDF does not show any gridlines.  I have fully removed Acrobat, restarted and reinstalled to no avail.

I have tried all of the steps in: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Excel/Q_23619813.html  and no luck.  Including checking the excel settings (Printing the file does display the gridlines, so there is some hangup occurring in Acrobat).
Question by:amshaffer
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Accepted Solution

sjl1986 earned 375 total points
ID: 23724587
I use"Primo PDF" from www.filehippo.com. It's a free program which prints files to PDFs. It will set up another printer which you can print to as you would print to a physical printer. It should look the same as a hard copy.

Author Comment

ID: 23724783
An alternate application is fine, such as Primo or CutePDF, but I'd like the application to provide a button in excel which will handle the conversion process for the user.

If there is a way to create a custom toolbar button in excel which can be told "Print using the PrimoPDF Printer", that would be great.  I haven't found any information on how this is done, though.

Assisted Solution

sjl1986 earned 375 total points
ID: 23725058
I'm unable to find a free program that will do what you want with an added toolbar/button. Here's a link to a page stating how to completely remove Adobe in case your previous uninstall left anything behind that is still hindering you from printing correctly.


Try completely uninstalling using this link. Be sure to reboot the computer before reinstalling the program. If that doesn't work you might try searching google for an alternate PDF creator that allows integrated toolbars with Microsoft Office.
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Author Comment

ID: 23725164
I ended up creating a macro to use the CutePDF converter printer and then assigned this macro to a button I created.

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of a 3rd party PDF Printer, I was completely ignoring that as being a possible solution.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31550712
See the comment from myself below regarding my solution with combining the 3rd party PDF Printer and Excel Macros/Buttons.

Expert Comment

ID: 23725380
Not a problem. I have never used Macros much. Would you care to share what you created? I'm in a 200+ user environment and would love to have something like that to pass out to my users.

If you would share you can contact me at "lowthers (at) appling-hospital.org".


Author Comment

ID: 23725527
That email bounced!  You can just send me a message at my EE name at gmail dot com, I'd be more than happy to show what I did.

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