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printing multiple tabs in excel or autocad to Adobe PDF results in multiple PDF files

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Whenever multiple tabs are selected in Excel 2007 or AutoCad 2009, and then I print to a PDF (using the Adobe Acrobat Standard 9 printer), multiple PDFs are created (one PDF for each tab).  I used to be able to print to one PDF when multiple tabs were selected until the other day.  

The computer operating system is Windows 7 Pro 32 bit.

How can I fix this problem?

Thanks for your help.
Question by:drock1978
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Expert Comment

ID: 35159191
check that the print quality is set to the same setting between the different tabs

in Excel 2007:
* Click the Page Layout ribbon tab
* Click on the pull out in the Page Setup setting to open the Page Setup windows
* Check the setting under "Print Quality"
this setting needs to be the same through out all the tabs

in AutoCAD 2009:
* Right click on your paperspace tab
* Click on Page Setup Manager
* Click Modify on the selected Page Setup
* Check the value listed in the Shaded viewport options

generally the setting for both programs should be set to 300 dpi if you want a higher quality print then select the 600 dpi setting, keep in mind that file sizes will increase with the higher the quality setting selected

Author Comment

ID: 35159476
The print quality is the same for the files I'm trying to convert for both excel and autocad.
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Expert Comment

ID: 35159501
in excel create a copy of an existing sheet, then try printing both those sheets and see if it puts them both into separate PDFs

as for AutoCAD, have you looked into using the publish function to print multiple paperspace tabs? (keyin: publish)
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Author Comment

ID: 35159986
This has something to do with a setting on this particular computer.  If you open these two files on another computer, you can convert the selected tabs in AutoCad and Excel to one PDF file.  We are already using the publish function in AutoCad LT 2009 to convert the autocad file to a PDF.
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Expert Comment

ID: 35160040
make sure you have Adobe Acrobat updated to the latest version, 9.4.2.

I have the same setup and do not have this problem printing to PDF, I also checked the settings within the PDF printer and did not see anything

Author Comment

ID: 35169968
I got excel working by making sure the dpi on each sheet was correct,  However, Autocad 2009 is giving me problems still (even though I loaded all of the updates for adobe acrobat standard, cad, and verified the dpi settings for each tab.  Please help.  Thanks.

Accepted Solution

drock1978 earned 0 total points
ID: 35237039
I was able to get Autocad to print multiple tabs to 1 pdf by reinstalling autocad.  I was able to fix the same problem with excel by going to file, save as xps/pdf

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35304393
The comments I entered resolved the problem.

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