Adding custom paper sizes to Microsoft's inbox PDF printer
Boy howdy, this one is annoying.
Windows 10 has a built-in PDF printer. That's pretty awesome…except the print driver is really basic. It's so basic, it doesn't allow you to add custom paper sizes. I'm working on a print project that uses junior/half sheets, which are 5.5×8.5“. I needed to create a PDF from multiple copies of a range of pages in an InDesign project, and since there's apparently no way to do this with InDesign's built-in PDF export tool, I needed to do this as a print job, instead.
It turns out there is a way to add paper sizes - it's just not obvious at all…and it requires local admin rights. If you can get that far, here's what to do.
Adding paper sizes
- Open Control Panel (easiest way is to search for it from Start).
- Open Devices & Printers.
- Click on the icon for Microsoft Print to PDF.
- Click Print server properties in the toolbar.
- Click Change form settings and wait for the dialog to reload.
- Check Create new form.
- Add a name, and set the dimensions. You don't need to set margins, since this is for creating PDFs.
- Click Save form, then OK