Why do some of my PDF printouts look like hieroglyphics?

Sometimes when printing out a bank statement, though the PDF looks great before printout, it comes out all jumbled, like Greek writing, or hieroglyphics, or ????.

Dennis D. Malakowski

3 Answers

Sounds like the fonts might not be correctly embedded and your printer cant interprate them correctly. If you have Acrobat, you could run embed fonts from the preflight panel.

What fonts are you using and what printer are you printing to?

A quick fix would be in the print dialogue box, choose "print as image" and that should print the page correctly.

Sean Mitchell   


Uncheck the option 'Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts' from the Adobe PDF Settings tab within the Adobe PDF printer preferences dialog box.

To access the Adobe PDF printer preferences dialog box, please perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Printers and Faxes (Windows XP), Printers (Windows Vista) or Devices and Printers (Windows 7) folder.
  2. Right-click the Adobe PDF printer and choose 'Printing Preferences'.
  3. On the Adobe PDF Settings tab, uncheck to option 'Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts.'
  4. Click OK to close the printer preferences dialog box.

D Ang   

I am presently not using the printer with which I was having the problem. My Wells Fargo printouts seem to be OK lately. I am soon going to be returning to the printer I was using. If the problem, returns I will apply the recommendations given. Thanks.

Dennis D. Malakowski   

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