Excel Converter not working


I found the Excel converter simply would not convert files to PDF. I installed a printer driver (PCL driver not Postscript) and suddenly it worked!
If you have problems with the Excel converter, after installing Excel 2007 on your server, try installing a printer driver - PCL, just any PCL driver.
I can only guess this is because the Excel export to PDF or XPS functionality creates a virtual printer driver and trys to iterate through the available printer drivers. If the list of available printer drivers is empty it doesn't work. That's my guess.
Closed Feb 10, 2009 at 9:46 PM by bsteinwand


CodeHulk wrote Mar 26, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Here is a link explaining the reasons why.


I know this is for Excel 2000 but the reasoning is the same.

bsteinwand wrote Mar 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Thanks CodeHulk! It's nice to know what the issues are - even if we just have to live with them.

bsteinwand wrote Dec 18, 2008 at 10:22 PM

turns out that while you do need a printer driver, the plugin would rather have a PCL driver than a Postscript one. The Doc2PDF works with a Postscript driver but Excel2PDF doesn't like it...go figure....

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