[QW21] Printing a ‘frozen’ PDF

by | Jul 6, 2022

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I have no idea what caused this.
A 17-page PDF document threw a fit when I needed to print page 6.
The printer worked fine on other files. Just not this PDF.
This sucker was thumbing its nose at me, saying

“No, I’m not gonna print. And you can’t make me. In fact, I’m locking your computer.”

Now … I don’t know about you, but that sort of thing messes up my non-overwhelm. And you know I’m not too crazy about that! 
“Not so fast, my tantrum-prone file buddy,” I told it. “I go wwaayy back
with computers and remember a little trick ….”

[QW21] Printing a ‘frozen’ PDF

So, I did the only thing any self-respecting biz owner would do at such a time.

No, I didn’t thump the computer ( though years ago, that fixed a bunch o’ problems 😎 ).

I used that wwaayy back PC trick holding down these three keys simultaneously:


Try this the next time your computer refuses to print:

• CTRL+ALT+DEL (or Mac equivalent) out to the pop-up menu.
• Tap only the ‘Cancel’ item on the menu.

This should return you to your document, and your printer should be over its hissy fit.

You showed it who’s boss. 😎

I would wait for a moment to see if the original print command kicks in.

Either way, you should be good to go.

I hope you enjoyed this Quick Win ( [QW] ). I love telling computer software … ahem … where to go.

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