Solution: PowerPoint is currently printing. Yet, PowerPoint Does Not Print!

Today I got a real mind-bender of a problem. PowerPoint 2010 was refusing to print slides. After sending the print job to the printer, it would just sit there doing nothing. Giving up, I exited out of PowerPoint and got this error message:

PowerPoint is currently printing. Quitting will cancel all pending print jobs.

Really... it doesn't appear to be printing from my end! As it turns out, there are two workarounds:

Workaround #1 - Uncheck "Print Comments and Ink Markup"
In the Print dialog box, look for the Settings section. In the drop down list labeled, "Full Page Slides" click to see all of the available options. At the very bottom of that list you will see something CHECKED that says, "Print Comments and Ink Markup". UNCHECK that bad boy and you'll be good to go!

Workaround #2 - Save As... PDF then Print from Acrobat Reader"
From the File menu in PowerPoint, choose Save As. Under the "Save As Type" list, select: PDF (*.pdf). Click Save. Open that document in Adobe Reader and viola, it prints like a champ.

If this workaround was helpful, take moment to leave me a message. And, if you're a genius and have some insight into permanently fixing this problem, I'm all ears.

Comments

Whew, you helped me save the

Whew, you helped me save the day again! I used this trick months ago (this same webpage) and forgot what to do when it happened again.

thank you very much

thank you very much

Workaround #1 worked for me

Workaround #1 worked for me thanks alot. I just figure out why it wasn't printing.

Saving it as a PDF works! I

Saving it as a PDF works! I couldn't find the box to uncheck the comments though.

the untick solution worked

the untick solution worked for me! Thx!

Simple fix to problem. Makes

Simple fix to problem. Makes our IT guys look good.

Worked perfectly. What a

Worked perfectly. What a stupid glitch in Powerpoint.

Thanks!

Saving as PDF worked for me!

Saving as PDF worked for me!

Heee the PDF-tip really

Heee
the PDF-tip really worked!
thx i was looking for a solution for months!

Just made me look awesome to

Just made me look awesome to my boss who was freaking out because she couldn't print. Thanks for helping me win some brownie points!

no bs, this simple checkbox

no bs, this simple checkbox did the trick.
02/05/2013

It worked for me! Thank you

It worked for me! Thank you so much.

Finally a solution! I was

Finally a solution! I was chasing my tail trying to figure out how to print multi-slides, even tried printing/saving to PDF without success.

After reading a lot of

After reading a lot of complicated and non-functional solutions elsewhere on the Web, your simple first solution worked beautifully. Thanks!

Thank you for this solution,

Thank you for this solution, I found it very helpful. It took mere minutes of poking around to find this, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again.

Thank you!!!!!

Thank you!!!!!

Your first solution worked.

Your first solution worked.

I was very perplexed by this

I was very perplexed by this error but your 1st solution worked perfectly!! Thanks!

Thank you. I had been beating

Thank you. I had been beating my head against my desk all morning. I unchecked the box and voila! Easy workaround for the casual user.

Thanks for this - I couldn't

Thanks for this - I couldn't understand this at all! It worked ok from my Windows 7 machine, but on XP multiple users had this issue

Thanks for the tip....worked

Thanks for the tip....worked like a charm for presentation that I've received which was not printing.

excellent post. This post

excellent post. This post saved me a lot of time and frustration.