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Printing PDF Takes Long Time


Published: 21 Feb 2013
Last Modified Date: 02 Jul 2013

Issue

After exporting to PDF, you may notice the following issues when printing a view: 
  • Long printing times
  • Occasional print failures

Environment

Tableau Server

Resolution

To help resolve this issue, consider some of the following suggestions: 
  • In Adobe Reader, click the Advanced button and select the Print As Image check box. 
  • Reduce the number of marks before exporting the view.
  • Export the view as an image instead of a PDF. 
  • Use Chrome PDF viewer to print the PDF, or try another PDF viewer. 

Cause

This issue typically occurs when there are a multitude of marks contained in the view.

Additional Information

Because Adobe Reader handles each mark as a separate object, views that contain thousands of marks produce very complicated files. These types of files can then take printers a long time to process.  
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