Black and white conversion does not work when saving a document with the PDF-XChange virtual printer


After enabling the Convert to black and white option in the Image preprocessing settings of FineReader PDF 15 (the Tools menu > Options... > Image Processing > Show Custom Settings > Convert to black and white), the resulting document saved with the PDF-XChange 5.0 for ABBYY FineReader 15 virtual printer is still in color.


The PDF-XChange virtual printer is the third-party software component integrated in FineReader PDF 15. The options selected in the FineReader PDF 15 settings do not affect the conversion via the virtual printer.


To convert a document to black and white using the PDF-XChange virtual printer you can enable the corresponding options in the PDF-XChange settings:

  1. Open the document > go to the File menu > select Print > make sure that the PDF-XChange 5.0 for ABBYY FineReader 15 is set as a printer.
  2. Click the Printer Settings... button.
  3. Go to the Graphics > select Convert to Black & White in two drop-down lists > click OK to save changes.
  4. Click Print to convert the document.

Additional information

You can also convert files in FineReader PDF 15 directly with the enabled option Convert to black and white: Converting a PDF document to black and white in FineReader PDF 15.

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