File > save As ... > pdf (or print as pdf) gives me extremely bad results even for the most basic simplest possible Mathematica notebooks.

Here a simple example where I can reproduce the problem.

E.g.,if I create the simplest Mathematica notebook I can think of: enter image description here

The result looks like this:

enter image description here which is completely useless. If it doesn't work for this simple example, I ask myself the question if I have still a chance to get an acceptable results for any real world notebook more complicated than "a=b+c"?

For most of the software that I use it is rather the exception to observe bugs. For the Matehmatica print feature I was not able to ever observe a line of code which was not full of bugs. I have entered the most simple probably most tested line of code consisting of 6 characters and there are 4 severe mistakes in the resulting pdf.

What am I doing wrong here? How can I fix this?

I am using Version Number on Linux x86 (64-bit Fedora Linux 36)

Edit: Changing the font to Courier does not help:

enter image description here

looks like the following when saved as pdf:

enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Windows 10 13.2 Works for me. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ In modern OSs, there is usually a way to print something to a PDF file. Does it work if you do File > Print... > Print to File, and is this an acceptable workaround for you? $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Domen Yes, as I have mentioned already in my question I have exactly the same problem when I print the file to a pdf file (File > Print... > Print to File (PDF) $\endgroup$
    – Jakob
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ I was unable to reproduce this in my Debian 11 Bullseye VM. Does it behave better/differently if you evaluate the following before saving as PDF? CurrentValue[$FrontEndSession, {StyleHints, "CodeFont"}] = "Courier" $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Jakob, I would contact Tech Support, and give them the output from SystemInformation[]. They will probably also want to know a few things about your setup. $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Commented Mar 25, 2023 at 0:06

1 Answer 1


The following workaround allowed me avoid the bugs:

  1. I saved my notebook to the cloud,
  2. opened the notebook in the cloud via wolframcloud.com (in the browser)
  3. I used File > Print to PDF
  4. and downloaded the resulting PDF, which looks fine (except hyperlinks: Hyperlinks not preserved when saving in PDF format in Mathematica V13).

While I still have the same problems locally on Fedora. I don't face this problems in the cloud. So I can just simply use the cloud for printing as described above.


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