# PDF Form Printing Error

## How to avoid wasting paper?

### Background

My churches are going green.

### Problem

I downloaded a PDF from Haute-Garonne’s government site, filled in the form and saved it on a USB key. Then I printed it at a Konica Minolta bizhub photocopier .

However, only the radio buttons and checkboxes were printed. The blanks were left blank! I opened my PDF and double-checked that I had input the text in .

How can I get back the missing texts printed on paper?

### Environmental impact

Before any technical discussions, let’s imagine that the form created by LibreOffice 5.0 contains a lot of pages.

Such an error would trash the majority of the printed pages, unless someone is willing to give a helping hand to our planet Earth by copying the text from to paper.

### Discussion

As the new term has already started, I’ve no interest to look into the cause of the error. Out of curiosity, I tried qpdf to extract the first three pages of the file.

$qpdf --empty --pages input.pdf 1-3 -- output.pdf In the output file, the ’s were missing! It seemed that qpdf could detect the aforementioned problem. ### Solution The actual solution sounds ridiculous, but trust me, it works! Print the PDF file to file. Verify the newly generated file by 1. opening it with a PDF viewer 2. extract some pages from it $ qpdf --empty --pages input.pdf 1-3 -- output.pdf
3. open the extracted pages with a PDF viewer

### Final remark

1. Print from document viewer (e.g. Evince, Sumatra PDF). Don’t print from a web browser so that the fonts won’t be rendered in an odd way.
2. If possible, preview the printing job.
3. Print first few pages for testing.