UPDATE: See Vishal’s comment in the comment section. Adobe is looking for help in debugging this problem. If you are running into this problem and want me to share your email address with Adobe, please get in touch with me via email. My email address is on the “About” page.
For a while now, Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader will in some instances display an error message that suggests that there were no pages selected to print when the user tries to print any PDF document.
This error message is obviously wrong and misleading. From outside Adobe, it’s impossible to say what exactly triggers this error message, and how the original problem can be fixed. Most people will never see this error, but for some users, it will show up every time they try to print.
If you are dealing with this error message, and you are using Acrobat or Reader on Windows, there is a simple workaround. This is not a fix, and does come at a price, but at least it will allow you to print:
Open up Acrobat’s (or Reader’s) preferences (Edit>Preferences or Edit>Preferences>General), then select the “Security (Enhanced)” category.
Now deselect the setting “Enable Protected Mode at Startup” and restart the application.
If this does not work, try to set “Protected View” to “Off”.
This will work in most instances, but because we don’t know what the exact condition is that causes this problem, your print operation may still fail. In that case, your only option is to get in touch with Adobe’s support.
Keep in mind that disabling Protected Mode/View has security implications. You can find out more about what Protected Mode/View does in Adobe’s Acrobat documentation.
If you are using Acrobat or Reader on a Mac (or if the previous change did not fix your problem on a Windows system), your only option is to “Print as Image”. You can find this option after clicking on the “Advanced” button on Acrobat/Reader’s print dialog. Again, this should help, but there may be instances where this still does not allow you to print, and your only option is to get in touch with Adobe’s support.