Different page layout and number of pages after conversion to pdf

Last update: 4 August 2017
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Different page layout and number of pages after conversion to pdf


You may notice that the number of pages or the layout in the Adobe PDF file you got after converting or finalizing the document differs from the original Microsoft Word Document.


Format Number of pages
Microsoft Word Document (docx) 65 pages
Adobe PDF 63 pages

There is a difference in page numbers, but the content of the files is the same!


Microsoft Word tries to represent the result on screen you will get if you print on the printer that is currently selected. So after opening the document it uses the default Windows printer settings including print quality settings. If you change the printer settings word adjusts the layout to correspond to the new printer driver.

The conversion server might be configured to use a different (default-) printer driver than the client and so after converting the document to Adobe PDF the layout and the number of pages might have changed.

Test table

Printer Pages after opening Printer quality
PDFCreator 64 pages 600 dpi (default)
  64 pages 2400 dpi
  63 pages 1200 dpi
Adobe PDF 63 pages 1200 dpi (default)
  65 pages 144 dpi
  65 pages 300 dpi
  64 pages 600 dpi
  64 pages 2400 dpi
Fax 65 pages 200 dpi (default)


Resolution options are explained in the article  http://word.mvps.org/faqs/Formatting/TextReflow.htm

You have to use the same printer quality settings, default printer settings on every Fabasoft Conversion server to get consistent conversion results.

Applies to

  • Microsoft Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2010