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Broderbund pdf printer won't work

When I try to "Save as PDF" and chose the Broderbund PDF printer so save, it pops up "Printer Not Activated-error code 20" However, I was able to save one document, then since the next one I have not been able to save any documents! I have followed all the advice online that I could get! I'm very frustrated!!!! ~Tammy

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When your want to save your file as .pdf extension, you have to select a "virtual printer" from your "Printers & Faxes" when you install the software you are using to save as pdf file.

If you select your physical printer install on your PC, the error message you mention will appear.

Hope it helps.

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