I noticed what may be a new clue. When I was printing something from a pdf, all of a sudden, instead of going to the printer I had chosen as default--the printer it's been going to for many pages and hours--it went to "Auto Microsoft Image Writer." This has happened before, too. I know I did nothing else between that time and the time before, when it would print from my selected printer.
(As a sidenote, I do have both FoxIt REader and Adobe. You suggested Foxit. I tried that today and it's not exactly the same. A function I need for my current project--showing the page number I'm on--is not the same in Foxit. So I am using Adobe Reader for this project.)
One other thing I noticed. I have a program called Results Machine that I really love, but something weird is happening. It randomly resets itself (as in, clears out the reports and things I added to customize it). Another suspicious thing is the Help link goes nowhere. That may be because it's probably a private label for something I just discovered called The Action Machine. Details here: http://www.theactionmachine.com/.
I just investigated this software, and suspect it's the problem. It looks like Results Machine is actually a either a private label ot ripped off-version (which I got for $1 as as a bonus for joining someone's membership) of ActionMachinePro. I found some possibly relevant info here: http://actionmachine...aq_restore_data.
Could it be that the Results Machine is a version of ActionMachnePro that is messing things up for me? Or maybe it's the earlier version of ActionMachinePro. Here's what I found about the latest version of AMP:
Version 2.3 Changes:
There were several minor changes in version 2.3, most of which will go unnoticed to you.
The biggest change was the removal of built-in image backgrounds (you may STILL customize the application background with your own images).
The reason for this is that the built-in images (which were mostly in hi-definition) were causing the application to consume a lot of memory and resources on some machines.
Do you think I'm onto something? I've sent an email to the owner of ActionMachinePro. We'll see if and what I get in response. I'm asking if this could be my problem and if v 2.3 would fix it. I'd have to buy his software, but am willing to do that if necessary.
I really love this software and would like to keep it somehow!