All that you need to know about the printing problems in QuickBooks desktop

QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software, that is being used by small and medium-sized businesses. This application can be called a game changer in the field of accounting, as it has made workflow far easier. QuickBooks desktop is packed with many advanced features like inventory management, payments etc. and they also save a lot of productive time inducing business growth. However, as QuickBooks is a self mended software but few times you do face errors while running it on their system. In most cases the errors can be easily fixed, but at times expert guidance is required. One of the common problems is QuickBooks won’t print, QuickBooks is not printing or Unable to Print Invoices from QuickBooks desktop and these errors does affect the workflow.

In this article, we will in detail discuss about all the printing errors of QuickBooks desktop and the ways to resolve it. So, stick to the article till the end and read it carefully. Also, if you want to save your some time and efforts while fixing these errors manually, or want experts to handle this error for you, then feel free to get in touch with our QuickBooks error support team at 1-800-761-1787. Our industry’s best experts will be there to assist you in a single call.

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What Are Printing Problems In QuickBooks Desktop?

Printing from QuickBooks desktop is one of the most essential and also one of the most admired features of QB software. At times, you might encounter printing issues in QuickBooks desktop, which could happen due to missing or corrupt component in QuickBooks. Or any kind of issue with the printer or system might also end up in QuickBooks unable to print invoices errors. There can be various types of printing issues, and also a plenty of causes behind every issue that are discussed later in this article.

Types of Printing Problems

QuickBooks is not respondingPDF Converter shows offlineUnable to save as .pdf fileCould not print to printer
Unable to print directly to the QuickBooks PDF converterNot able to print Invoices or ChequesQuickBooks Enterprise unable to print1099 form printing problems
QB could not save your form or reports as a .pdfPrint Driver Host for 32-bit Applications has Stopped WorkingError 1722 or 1801 when installing PDF ConverterQuickBooks freezes when you try to reconcile accounts
QuickBooks Printing problem checksUnrecoverable errorPrint Problem on MACThe device is not ready
Error: QuickBooks can’t complete the current action due to a missing component: Missing pdf file component.There is a problem connecting to your currently selected printer, Microsoft XPS Document writer on XPS port.Print Driver Host for 32-bit Applications has Stopped Working.QuickBooks PDF Converter Activation Error -20, -30, or -41.

Causes behind QuickBooks Won’t Print or unable to print problem

Printing via QuickBooks is generally used for several purposes. QuickBooks won’t print or unable to print error hinders the smooth process, and the causes behind this can be many. Below we have listed a few of the most common causes of printing issues. Let us check them out:

  • QuickBooks is not connecting to the Microsoft XPS document writer
  • QuickBooks issues connecting to the printer
  • Missing XPS printer driver can also be another cause
  • QuickBooks doesn’t save your form or reports as a .pdf due to damaged components.
  • QuickBooks software freezes while saving pdf for syncing issues or the software freezes due to unresponsive XPS port
  • In case the XPS printer driver is missing or if the QuickBooks software doesn’t print to a printer and QuickBooks command routes to null.
  • Missing PDF components.
  • Unable to communicate with the company file
  • QuickBooks is unable to convert to print due to communication issues.
  • If there is QuickBooks PDF converter activation error.

Important points to remember before you begin with the troubleshooting process

Before you begin with the troubleshooting process to fix the printing issues of QuickBooks you have to keep in mind the below pointers:

  • Ensure that QuickBooks has the latest version.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the system and it should also have the printing software.
  • Another factor to ensure is that the correct printer driver is installed and also make sure that there are no connectivity issues between the system and printer.
  • Check whether you are able to print outside QuickBooks.

Also check: Is your printer local or on a network?

Local: If your printer is local, then the issue might be within the system/printer setup itself. You need to authenticate whether there is a connection between the system and the printer. Also refer to the printer manufacturer’s troubleshooting for any assistance in near future.

Network: In case the printer is on a network, then you need to verify the network settings are set-up in a proper manner. Also consult the printer manufacturer for further help.

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Methods To Fix Printing Problems If Your QuickBooks Is Unable To Print Invoices Or Checks

Checkout the following ways to troubleshoot the printing issues in QuickBooks desktop:

Method 1: Check your Printer

You can take a printout in Notepad to check if QuickBooks can print outside:

  • First thing to do is click on Start Window Key and then search for Notepad.
  • Write something on the Notepad and choose file and then Print.
  • Choose the right printer and then click on Print option.
  • If this doesn’t work out, then in that case you have to try the next method.

Method 2: Print a Test Page

the steps to print a test page are given as under:

  • Close the printer, then reboot your computer and then turn on the printer again.
  • Ensure that the printer papers are loaded correctly on the tray.
  • Now you have to press the Windows Start Key and then select the Control Panel.
  • Double click on Printers and Faxes option.
  • In case the printer shows offline then you have to right-click on the printer and select Use Printer Online.
  • Double click on the Printer icon to open it.
  • If any print jobs are displayed in the queue, then in that case, you have to select Cancel All Documents files.
  • Close the running Window.
  • Right click on the printer and choose Properties and then select to Print Test Page.
  • If Print Test page works out, then you take a printout using word-pad:
    • This can be done by clicking on Start tab and then hit RUN tab.
    • Now enter the WordPad and hit OK tab.
    • Also, enter some text in WordPad and select File and print.
    • Choose the right printer and click on Print tab.
    • Ensure that there are no error lights displayed on the printer.
    • Now you need to mention to the printer manufacturer’s documentation for any of the following:
      • The printer displays the error signal
      • Or won’t print the test page
      • It doesn’t from WordPad

Method 3: Rename the Printing File

if the printing issues still keep on lingering, then, in that case, you should consider renaming the printer-related file namely QBPrint.qbp. The steps given below shall provide you with a better insight.

  • Right-click on the .qbp file for your QuickBooks version.
  • Rename the file by adding the word old to the file name (i.e. QBPrint.qbp.old)
  • Now open QuickBooks Desktop and go to the File menu to Select Printer Setup.
Printer Setup - Screenshot
  • Choose any transaction in the Form Name list in order to make a new QBprint.qbp file.
  • Once done, you need to select OK button.
  • After this make an attempt to open and print any transaction.

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Method 4: Run QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool, from the tool hub program

Follow the steps given below in order to download and set up the QuickBooks Tool Hub on your PC. The tool can be used to fix various kinds of technical issues persisting in QuickBooks, including any printing issues.

Step 1: Download and install the QuickBooks Tool Hub

You can fix a bunch of QuickBooks errors with the help of QuickBooks Tool Hub program. The steps involved in here are as follows:

  • Initially, you need to close QuickBooks.
  • Download the QuickBooks Tool Hub file. And then save the file somewhere you can easily spot it (like the downloads folder or the Windows desktop).
  • Now open the file you downloaded (QuickBooksToolHub.exe).
QuickBooksToolHub.Exe File - Screenshot 1
  • Pay heed to the on-screen prompts to install and then Agree to the terms and conditions.
Installation of QuickBooks tool hub - Screenshot Image 1
  • Lastly when the installation completes, you need to double click the icon on the Windows desktop to open the tool hub.
QuickBooks Tool Hub - Logo

Step 2: From the Tool Hub, you need to run the QuickBooks PDF and Print Repair Tool

After opening the Tool hub, conform to the following set of step:

  • For this, you need to choose the Program problems in the tool hub program.
  • Now choose the QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair tool. It might take around a minute to run.
PDF Print repair tool from the QuickBooks tool hub - Screenshot
  • And then, you need to Print, email, or save as a PDF from QuickBooks desktop again.

To diagnose and fix the printing issues you can run the QuickBooks PDF Repair Tool. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

  • Locate the QBPrint.qbp file on the system that is facing trouble with printing in QuickBooks.
  • Rename the file manually by prefixing any word.
  • The file location on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 will be: C:\ProgramData\Intuit\QuickBooks 2XXX.
  • In case you are unable to locate the file, then it is important to ensure to unhide the Hidden files and folders.
  • Next step in the process is to right click the QBPrint.qbp to Rename it.
  • Open QuickBooks and the company file, a new qbprint.qbp will be created on its own.
  • Moving ahead, you are supposed to open a transaction that you had a problem in creating PDF in QuickBooks or troubles printing with QuickBooks, in order to check whether it work or not.
  • Lastly try to print from QB sample company file to confirm, if it was problem with the company file.

Method 5: Verify that the selected printer is correct one

  • In QuickBooks accounting software, you need to choose File option, and then select Printer Setup option.
Printer Setup - Screenshot Image
  • You need to select the Form to be printed.
  • Next step in the process is to match the Printer name with the printer which is in use. In case it doesn’t match, then make sure to correct the setup within the System’s printer setup.
  • Now hit a click on Help in the area for detailed instruction.
Printer is correct - screenshot 2
  • Now you are required to make an attempt to print using a different printer in the Printer setup.
    • In QuickBooks, you need to choose File, and then click on the Printer Setup.
    • Next step in the process is to select the Form to be printed.
    • Then choose a Different printer. You can also opt for Microsoft XP printer.
    • Now you need to select Help option for more detailed instructions.
  • Next, you need to print a different form or, in case you are using Customized forms or Memorized reports, then you need to make an attempt for standard form or report.
  • In case you are trying to print a batch of forms in QuickBooks, then it is recommended to attempt to print a single form. If the last attempt turns out to be successful, then make sure to use resolve data damage on the company file to fix any data damage in the file and then attempt to print again.
  • Move to the Selective startup mode. In case the issue continues, make sure to carry out a reinstall QuickBooks for Windows with the help of the Clean install tool.

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Method 6: Reset your temp folder permissions

If you still get the print issues then we recommend you to reboot your computer system and try again to print the file. If it still fails, try to reset your temp folder permissions. Follow the below given steps to check the folder permissions to the TEMP folder:

  • Press the Windows key + R keys to open the RUN command.
  • Type %TEMP% on Run box and press Enter key on your keyboard.
Run temp command - Screenshot
  • Now hit a right-click on an empty area of the temp folder, and choose Properties option and then choose the Security tab.
  • Ensure that you have Full control of all usernames and groups showing on the Security tab.
Windows Permissions for Common Files - Screenshot
  • Finally you can save as a PDF again within your QuickBooks once the permissions have been set to Full Control.

Method 7: Deleting or renaming the printer file

  • You can look for the files and spot them and after that you should rename them to something like qbprint.old and wpr.old, instead of deleting them.
  • Next step is to run QuickBooks and open Company file.
  • After that select the File and Printer setup.
  • Now you need to choose any of the transaction in the form name and after that click on OK tab .
  • All these steps would Reset the printer settings in the software and it is expected to resolve the issue.
Reset the printer settings - Screenshot Image

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I hope the above-mentioned steps can effectively resolve your all the printing issues in QuickBooks desktop. However, if the problem still persists, then you can seek assistance from the QuickBooks enterprise technical support team by dialing our dedicated support line i.e., 1-800-761-1787 who are available 24/7.

Our support team will not only come up with a quick solution, but also will guide you to avoid such issues in the near future. So, without wasting much time, feel free to connect with us today!


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