Hi @Emma Foley,
Welcome to the Community. I'd be glad to assist with the bold numbers printing poorly and smudging on reports.
There are multiple things that can cause issues with printing, such as a driver related issue or even the type of paper that's being used. Naturally, bold fonts will tend to require additional ink and drying times, which could explain why the reports are printing with smudges. Some users have been able to resolve this by adjusting their printer's quality settings, which can allow additional time to print in bold. These settings can vary between printers, so you may wish to consult its manual.
Additionally, you may wish to try increasing the resolution of your printer settings. You can locate the steps for this process at the following link: Printing is Unclear or Fuzzy.
I believe that these resources will help you get on track so that your reports print correctly.
Please feel free to let know how it goes by posting a comment below. The Community is always here, so don't hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have. Wishing you well.
Hi, thanks for your quick reply. It is still happening. If I save a report as a pdf, and then print the pdf, it prints the bold numbers fine. But, if i try to print the report directly from QBO, all the bold numbers are smudged.
Maybe a chrome setting? A font issue? If so, any idea how to fix?
Thanks so much!
Hello again, @Emma Foley,
Thank you for providing that clarification. It's certainly interesting that a saved PDF copy of the report will print fine, but appears smudged when using Chrome.
Do you know if the same printer settings are applied when printing from within Chrome? Additionally, it sounds like this could be a browser related setting that's causing the smudges. I'd recommend trying a few different options, such as adjusting scale and increasing DPI should you have the choice. You may wish to try an alternative supported browser, such as FireFox, to help determine if this behavior is browser related.
Lastly, you may want to consider contacting the Phone Support Team. They have specialized tools, such as screen shares, which can help to check browser configurations. Here's how you can reach them:
I'm here if you should have any questions. Cheering you to continued success.
Let’s update your Adobe Reader/Acrobat to successfully print your reports.
Some printing issues are resolved when updating your Adobe Reader. But if you’re still unable to print your reports correctly, you’ll need to repair your Adobe Reader.
For more details, you can refer to this article: How to Update, Repair, or Re-Install Adobe Reader/Acrobat?
You can also visit our Help Articles if you want to learn more "How do I" steps in QuickBooks.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
It's nice to have you in the Community, @rlreilly.
I appreciate you taking the time to share the process that has worked for you when printing reports. Out of curiosity, had you tried some of the suggestions in this thread before using this method?
The sharing of ideas and solutions is one of the things that makes the Community such a great place. Take care.
Hello again, @rlreilly.
Thanks for providing that clarification. I wanted to let you know that I've submitted feedback based on this interaction with printing. Feedback is provided to the Development team to be looked into when they're adding new updates to the software.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance by commenting below. Have a good one.
I am having the same issue as everyone above.
Can confirm, if you open the exported report PDF in the browser and print, or print from the browser using QB online it's smudged on bold text. If you open the PDF with Adobe reader and print from there it's perfect.
This is an issues that needs to be fixed so we don't have to jump through hoops to print legible reports from the cloud program. This made me waste a lot of defenseless paper to figure out.
Printed from Chrome QB browser instance or PDF opened in Chrome
Printed from exported PDF opened in Adobe reader (Windows 10)
Clearly an issue.
Just tried printing a the report from Edge browser with QBO and it was not smudged. This might be a Chrome version issue that you should look into. This is the version of Chrome I am currently using.
Google Chrome is up to date
Version 79.0.3945.88 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Hi there, @ProInnovation.
I understand how it felt when something isn't functioning as wanted. Since you have mentioned above, that it is working to other browsers. I recommend performing some troubleshooting steps to check if this is a web-related issue. Let's start by accessing your account in a private window to determine if this is the case. This mode prevents browsing history from being stored. Here's how: Ctrl+ Shift + N (Google Chrome).
Once working, we'll have to go back to your regular browser and clear the cache to free up storage space and boost your operating system performance.
However, if you continue to get the same result, I suggest using different browser.
For more detailed and informative about resolving, browser printing issue check this link below:
Let me know if you need more assistance with this. I'll be around to further help you. Happy new year!
This was not helpful. Just to make certain I took another machine out. This one is a laptop, I used Chrome and had the same issues, solution. Does not matter if it's in incognito mode or not. Cache did not effect this. Please have your engineering team take a look at this and use their tools to replicate it in Chrome so they can see the issue with your software. It will happen. I have done it a few times now with different machines and the same thing happens. Please escalate this, I have helped squash some bugs with you in the past. I am thankful for your help because I enjoy this program.
First computer used: Desktop Windows 10
Second computer used: Laptop Windows 10
Both have i7 processors and are quality machines so I doubt it's a performance issue.
Good afternoon, @Prolnnovation.
Just to get some additional information on the issue, and to try all possible troubleshooting, I recommend to call in to our support team. With this issue a ticket may need to be opened up for you and our support team has the right tools to get that going.
To contact us through your product:
If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out.
We'd like to investigate this since you should be able to print your reports clearly. As a starting step in the troubleshooting process, I'd suggest performing the steps below to configure the resolution of your print settings.
If the issue persists, I'd suggest performing these steps to help diagnose a wide range of PDF printing issues: Test sequence for PDF printing issues.
Also, you can use a different device and print your reports.
You can drop me a comment if there's anything else you need help with. The Community and I are always here to help.
This smudging issue has been going on for a very long time. We, as quickbook users, pay quite a bit of money and should have a product that works without having to perform multiple additional steps to print a clear document. Period. It should have been rolled up to your software engineers to fix rather than telling now a dozen people to perform all of these "fixes" that do not fix the problem and make more work for us. Fix the problem!
Solution for me ... When I was in the print window where I select what printer to use I went to Preferences changed "print in grayscale" to print "black only". Blurriness is gone... I figured out myself ..
I agree, it is absolutely mind boggling that a business of the size of Quickbooks/Intuit can not make fixes to their most glaring of issues. This printing error is effecting millions of invoices daily. I just bought a new computer and printer....same old issues with the bold lettering i have had the last 3-4 years. Apparently it will take an act of congress to resolve this issue....