Solution: Quickbooks Save as PDF very Slow or Hangs

Quickbooks uses a printer called “QuickBooks PDF Converter” to save any document as PDF.  It’s a very convenient function for sending invoices, quotes, estimates or Purchase orders in PDF format right from Quickbooks.

However manier times, Quickbooks gets stuck when you choose save as PDF option. Mine was getting stuck all the time.

The solution is to make the QuickBooks PDF Converter as default printer, before you save a document as PDF.

1. Click on Start button
2. Select settings > printer and faxes
3. Right click on QuickBooks PDF Converter, and click on Set as Default Printer.
4. Now use the “Save as PDF”. It will take just a second before you get the save prompt screen.
5. Set your default printer back again.

To make things easier, I have made batch files with command to toggle printer using rundll32.  The command that sets QBW printer as default is

RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /y /n “QuickBooks PDF Converter”


1 thought on “Solution: Quickbooks Save as PDF very Slow or Hangs”

  1. If you are looking for a pdf certonver you can use swftools. It converts pdf files into swf. If you want to see it in action you can go on and do an upload of a pdf. It is free don’t worry Anyway the core functionality is based on the open source swftools which is available for windows and for LinuxThanks

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