I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my Inspiron 9100 a week ago. I have a HP Laser Jet 1100 connected to it. I can print a file from LibreOffice Write. So the printer is working. Now, the question is, How do I print a pdf file (or few pages of a pdf file)?

When I click the pdf file, some package opens the file. I can view the file, but it does not provide any option to print the file.

What am I missing? Thanks in advance.


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The PDF file should be opening in the Evince document viewer. You need to hover the mouse over the top panel to reveal the menu (AKA global menu).

Global menu location

Under "File" you will find the "Print..." option. Alternatively, press Ctrl+P to access the print dialogue.

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    I was also going to say the good old Ctrl + P Jun 14, 2016 at 22:55
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    The Print icon is there at the top left when you open the Hamburger Menu but it's easy to miss...
    – isapir
    Aug 27, 2020 at 23:39
  • yes on later versions (I'm on Ubuntu 20.10) there is no file menu, must use hamburger or Ctrl+P Jan 8, 2021 at 0:53

You can use LibreOffice Draw to open, edit and print PDF files.

In Ubuntu install LibreOffice Extension for Importing PDF Files from the Software Center.

  • Have you tried this? I've never had this work. When I open PDFs I get dozens of pages of random strange characters. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:56
  • For LibreOffice for Linux you need to install "LibreOffice Extension for Importing PDF Files", from the Software Center. Jan 31, 2012 at 9:50
  • When you go to open the PDF, use Draw, go to file, open, select the PDF you want to open, click All files, (lower right), scroll down to PDF, Click it, then hit open. (Windows version edits PDF's right out of the box, I think the Linux version defaults to viewing the code). Jan 31, 2012 at 10:05
  • Wow, that worked! Thanks, I learned something new today. Jan 31, 2012 at 14:45

I opened LibreOffice Writer and then opened the .pdf document in there. Clicked Print and Voila!

  • I had to do it this way in Ubuntu 16.04.1. Just stopped printing PDFs opened in Document Viewer one day, don't know why. Choose "open with" and select '/usr/bin/libreoffice'.
    – Andrew
    Feb 16, 2017 at 10:58

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