How to remove the red grid from PDF’s when printing

  1. Introduction
  2. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader
  3. Removing the Line Weights
  4. Tl;dr

Introduction

When printing a PDF, sometimes you might find that there is a red grid all over the pages that doesn’t appear when viewing the document. In this post I will take you through how to remove it.

Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader

So you’ve just printed out a document but you don’t really want the red checkered lines all over the pages, that’s okay. To remove them you need to open the PDF in ‘Adobe Acrobat Reader DC‘. To do this simply ‘right click‘ the file > ‘Open with‘ > Select ‘Adobe Acrobat Reader DC‘ and open your PDF that way.

An image showing how to open a PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
How to open a PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Removing the Line Weights

When the PDF has opened in Adobe Acrobat, you need to go to ‘View‘ > ‘Show/Hide‘ > ‘Rulers & Grids‘ > Click on ‘Line Weights‘ to untick it.

An image showing An image showing the steps to turn off the line weights in Adobe that cause the red checkered grid to appear on printouts.
How to turn off the line weights in Adobe that cause the red checkered grid to appear on printouts.

And that’s it! As is shown in the image you can also just open the PDF in Adobe and then press ‘Ctrl+5‘ to turn off the line weights without having to go into the ‘View‘ options.

Tl;dr

Open the PDF in ‘Adobe Acrobat Reader DC‘ and press ctrl+5

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