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Printing from Adobe Acrobat Reader
Printing from Adobe Acrobat Reader

Using Adobe Acrobat Reader can be a quick and easy fix for alignment issues. Here’s how to print your forms as PDFs.

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Written by Adams Tax Forms
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To print from Adobe Acrobat Reader, start by saving your tax forms as a PDF.

1. Create PDF tax files

From the Adams Tax print menu, select your files. Click “Print Selected”.

Next, from the Tax Forms Helper print menu, make sure the Helper’s print alignment boxes are set to 0.

Click “Print onto IRS Form”. You’ll see a print preview of your data-only files.

Click the printer icon 🖨️ to bring up the printer settings from your browser.

At the Printer drop-down, click to select “Adobe PDF” or “Save as PDF”.

Click “Print" at the bottom of the page to create your PDFs and save the forms to your desktop.

2. Open your file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Most browsers will try to open the PDF files for you, but you want to open your tax forms in Acrobat Reader instead.

Go to Acrobat Reader and select “File", “Open". Open the tax files you just saved to your desktop.

3. Print from Reader

Click “File”, “Print” or type Ctrl + P or Command + P in macOS.

Under Page Size & Handling, select the “Actual Size” radio button. Adobe Acrobat will autofill the scale percentage to 100% for you.

Also, make sure the “Print on both sides” checkbox is empty.

Run a test print on plain paper to confirm your alignment.

Adjust alignment

If you find your alignment is still slightly off, you can go back to Tax Forms Helper to tweak your settings.

Return to the print alignment boxes on the Tax Forms Helper Print Menu.

On our first trial, we set both boxes to 0.

This time, enter a number in the hundredths boxes and use the drop-down boxes to adjust the type up/down/left/right as needed.

You can return to adjust the alignment a smidge more until you’re satisfied with your results.

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