Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How To: Converting a Microsoft Word Doc to PDF

This may be common knowledge for y'all, but I had to explain to someone non-technical today how to convert a Word Doc to a PDF and it actually seemed a bit tricky to me. Here's what you do:

  • Header over to Adobe and either buy Adobe Acrobat or do 30 day trial. In this case, Adobe Acrobat isn't the same thing as Adobe Reader, which is free.
  • Download and install Adobe Acrobat
  • Bring up your document in Microsoft Word
  • Now here's the somewhat tricky part, go to File » Print. Ignore for a second that you don't actually want to print the file, but instead want to turn it into a PDF.
  • Select the printer named Adobe PDF:
  • Click OK to print your document
  • Adobe Acrobat will kick in at this point and may ask you some questions, like where you want to save the PDF file
  • And you're done!

Happy PDF'ing!


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  2. Whooo! Thanks Gareth, that's a winner.