How to Set Up a Virtual Printer on a Linux/Unix System

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If you want to print to PDF (or another type of document) rather than a piece of paper, you can use a virtual printer. Linux has one standard virtual printer installed, but you can add more. Once you install a virtual printer in a Linux operating system, it will not automatically be added to the printers list. You still need to set up the virtual printer. Setting up a printer is the same process no matter which virtual printer you choose to use.

  • Click the main menu, then load "System Settings." System Settings will be located in different places depending on your Linux distribution, so consult your user documentation if you are unsure.

  • Double-click "Printers."

  • Click "Add," then "Add Printer/Class."

  • Click "Next" when the wizard appears and select "Other printer type." Select "Virtual Printer" from the options and click "Next."

  • Select "Generic," then "Postscript Printer" and click "Next." These options will become available only after you have installed your virtual printer.

  • Enter the name of your virtual printer. Keep clicking "Next" until the end of setup, then "Finish."

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