Fix PDF Maker Files Missing Issue Effectively (5 Methods)

If you receive the “Missing PDFMaker files” error when converting, creating or saving a PDF file, try to fix it with 5 effective methods below. And the best software to recover lost or deleted PDF files.


By Ivy / Updated on April 2, 2024

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The Problem: Missing PDF Maker Files

“I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro XI(Version 11.0.17) and Microsoft Office 2013(Version 15.4849.1000). When I click "Create Form" in Acrobat and select an Excel(*.xlsx) file to convert, then show the message box said "Missing PDFMaker files". I had to reinstall Acrobat, but still show the problem. Please help.”

Missing PDFMaker Files

The "PDFMaker" is the macro package that gets installed in e.g. MS Word or Excel to convert files to PDF using the "Acrobat" ribbon or toolbar. If some of these files are missing, this conversion will not work, throwing you the missing PDFMaker files error message. Also, if you are trying to create or save a PDF file, you may receive this error.

How to Fix PDF Maker Files Missing Effectively

After learning the Missing PDFMaker files, you can now start to fix it with the following 5 methods. Try repair mode before using the other 4 methods.

Method 1. Fix PDF Maker Files Missing in Repair Mode

The Repair feature helps to fix corrupted files and reinstall any missing files. Try it if you receive Adobe missing PDFMaker files error.

Step 1. Close all the open PDF files in Adobe Acrobat, otherwise, you cannot fix the PDF Maker files missing issue in Repair mode.

Step 2. Open Adobe Acrobat DC. Click Help > Repair Installation.

Repair Installation

Step 3. Adobe Acrobat will pop up a window and ask if you want to repair the current installation. Click Yes to continue. It will start to download and install missing files in this installation.

Method 2. Print to PDF Files with Adobe PDF Printer

If you cannot fix PDFMaker files missing in repair mode, you can also use Microsoft Print to PDF to create PDF Files. It is available on both Word and Excel file.

Step 1. Open your Word or Excel file. Click File > Print.

Step 2. Go to Printer and select Microsoft Print to PDF.

Microsoft Print to PDF

Step 3. Select to print the document or current page.

Step 4. Type the page number and select a location to save your PDF file.


  • The “Microsoft Print to PDF” feature only works in Windows 10.
  • PDF files created in this way is unable to edit unless you use a third-party tool.

Method 3. Save as PDF in Word or Excel File

Alternatively, if PDFMaker was unable to save the file, you can choose to save Word or Excel in PDF file format in Microsoft.

Step 1. Open an existing Word or Excel file. Click File > Save as > Browse.

Step 2. Click Save as type drop-down menu and select PDF (*.pdf). Then, click Save to create PDF files.

PDF Format

Method 4: Enable PDFMaker Add-ins to Create PDF Files

If you are unable to find Acrobat PDFMaker, be sure it's enabled with the following steps. It helps to fix the Adobe missing PDFMaker files issue.

Step 1. Open an existing Word or Excel file. Click File > Options.

Step 2. Click Add-ins. Then, go to Manage, select COM Add-ins and click Go.

COM Add-ins

Step 3. Click Add in the COM Add-ins window.


Step 4. Open the following path and select the "PDFMOfficeAddin.dll" file. You can replace it with yours.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\PDFMaker\Office

DLL File

Step 5. Check Acrobat PDFMaker Office COM Addin and click OK to enable it.

Method 5: Solve Adobe Acrobat Missing PDFMaker Files with Register

If you cannot enable PDFMaker Add-ins in Office, you can choose to change the registry value of it.

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run window and type regedit to open Register.

Step 2. Open the following path in Register Editor.


Step 3. Double-click the registry key - Loadbehavior to open it and change the Value data to 3. Be sure you select the Decimal option.

Load Behavior

How to Recover Lost or Deleted PDF Files in Simple Steps

Like other files, PDF files are vulnerable and easy to be damaged or corrupted. Also, you may delete PDF files mistakenly. In this case, you need the best data recovery software to help you. I strongly recommend you using MyRecover because of the following advantages:

Recover deleted or lost PDF files as well as word, excel, pictures, videos, etc more than 200 file types.
Deal with multiple data loss scenarios, such as deletion, disk formatting, system crashes, etc.
Recover PDF files with a high success rate and fast speed.
Keep PDF files with original file names, format and path after recovering.
Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and Windows Server.

To get started, please download this easy and useful data recovery software. To recover unlimited PDF files, please upgrade MyRecover to professional or technician edition. They are super cost-effective.

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Steps to Recover Lost or Deleted PDF Files Effortlessly

 Step 1. Install and run this easy & useful data recovery software - MyRecover. Then, hover the mouse over the entire partition containing deleted PDF files and click Scan.

Start Scan PDF Files

Step 2. The data recovery program will automatically start a quick scan and deep scan to find all of your deleted PDF files from the selected partition.

Quick Deep Scan

Step 3. To locate PDF files faster, try Filter. It has 3 filter types including Type, Data Modified, and Size.

  • Type: It will contain all the file types in the selected partition, such as, images, videos, documents, mails, webpage, compressed files, etc. Select Documents and type PDF in the search box above.

Filter PDF

  • Data Modified: It supports today, yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days, and custom. To perform SD card data recovery at a specific time period, try the last option.
  • Size: It allows you to filter file size from less than 128KB to 128KB ~1MB to 1MB ~ 512MB and above. Also, you can customize the file size you want.

Step 4. Check the scanning result and select the lost or deleted PDF files from the selected partition. Then, click Recover files to get your PDF files back quickly. It will show you the number of files you can recover and the total file size.

Recover Files


  • You can directly select PDF files to recover even if the software is still in the process of scanning.
  • Please select a new location to store the recovered PDF files. Restoring deleted files to their original location will overwrite the space where the PDF files are stored, causing the recovery process to fail.
  • Besides, this software still allows you to recover excel files and other file types, such as, word, excel, etc.

More FAQs about PDFMaker

✍ Why is my PDF maker not working?

If you install PDFMaker Office COM add-in and your Office app are crashing or not responding, this may be the current PDFMaker version is incompatible with your Office versions.

✍ What does PDF maker do?

Overall, PDF Maker is a handy tool to help users convert to PDF files, or create and save as PDF file. It applies to convert Word, Excel, and more documents.

✍ Is PDF maker free?

PDFMaker offers free edition - Adobe Reader and allows you to view, comment, fill out and sign PDF forms in it. It helps make your workflow fast and efficient.

✍ How do I enable PDF Maker?

You can choose to enable PDFMaker Offlice COM Add-in from Microsoft Office. Go to File > Options and select COM Add-in under Manage, click Go and add the PDFMOfficeAddin.dll file. Then, restart your Office app and try again.

✍ What is the best free PDF editor for Windows 10?

Foxit PDF Editor, pdfFiller by airSlate, Wondershare PDFelement, Nitro PDF Productivity, Smallpdf, Lumin PDF for G Suite, FineReader PDF for Windows and Mac etc are great choices for the best free PDF editor.


This article introduces you to 5 effective methods to fix PDF Maker file missing issues and how to recover lost or deleted PDF files in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7 with easy & useful data recovery software - MyRecover. Also, you can use it on a server computer.

If you don’t want to encounter any PDF file loss due to deletion or other scenarios, the best way to create a backup copy of your files is with free Windows backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. You can then directly restore files from backup.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.