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Printing a Word Document to Adobe PDF is SO SLOW

Often I will create a Word document and then to save it I will select print to Adobe PDF.  When I do this it takes about 2 to 5 minutes for the Adobe save option screen to come up and it locks up Word during the process.  Any idea why it takes so long?  Is there anything I can do?

I currently have a brand new Lenova Thinkpad T410 64 bit laptop.  Installations are Office 2010, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, Windows 7, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Symantec, PGP Whole Disk Encryption, VPN, some Excel add-ins and Barracuda Firewall.
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perfectpcCommented:
To be honest, I have loads of customers with acrobat issues. Why not try open office which is an open source office equivalent. You can then export to pdf in the document and the software is free.
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jonahzonaCommented:
I know this will drive you crazy, but you could install CutePDF. Works really similar to Acrobat Pro in that it creates a printer to print PDFs to. It is free and works great. I use it constantly.

http://www.cutepdf.com
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Brian GeeCommented:
If you can find/install a PostScript driver for your printer, you may find that printing of PDFs can be markedly faster...
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mltardifAuthor Commented:
Printing the acutal PDFs is fast, the problem is that it takes forever to convert from a Word document to a PDF.
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jonahzonaCommented:
No, you don't understand.

CutePDF is a "printer". What happens is you open your Word doc and hit print, and select CutePDF. Then it opens a dialog box to save the file as a PDF and CutePDF converts the word doc to a PDF. It is lightning fast.

It in essence is lets you convert ANYTHING to a pdf, but instead of hitting SAVE, you hit PRINT and select CutePDF. It then lets you save it as a PDF file.
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mltardifAuthor Commented:
Thanks but I was referencing the post from Yobri.  I hear you but I work for a large company & the chances of getting them to switch to CutePDF anytime soon is not likely so I am looking for fixes that don't require using another software program.
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jonahzonaCommented:
Yeah, no problem. I understand that!

Sorry I couldn't offer anything else to help.
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mltardifAuthor Commented:
Thanks for trying!
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dmf415Commented:
you can also try pdf995 for printing word documents into PDF. First try any other software and check whether the problem persists with only adobe software  or if it is the system.
PDf995 can be downloaded from here.
http://www.pdf995.com/download.html
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Brian GeeCommented:
Sorry for misinterpreting that there... are you using Word 2010 for which a save to PDF is another viable option (for which hopefully processes faster and with more stability)?  

Are you using Adobe PDF as the print driver for PDF output? Are there any others available in the printer list (we have 3 varieties here, Adobe PDF, Win2PDF, and Workshare PDF)?
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mltardifAuthor Commented:
Yes I am using Word 2010 so I am doing File/Print and changing the printer option to Adobe PDF.  The only other printer option other than the the company ones is Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
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Brian GeeCommented:
Please try going to File tab > Save As > change the Save as type to PDF (*.pdf) > name the document appropriately > Save button. Let's see if using Word's native PDF conversion process works better for you.
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mltardifAuthor Commented:
Yes, that did it.  That was MUCH faster.  Thank you!
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