How to Convert Word Documents to PDF in Windows Vista

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Microsoft Word documents--those ending in .doc or .docx--must be opened in another copy of Word to be usable. Making matters more complicated, older versions of Word won't open documents created by newer versions of Word. When further editing is unnecessary, PDF documents help solve these problems. PDFs are designed to look and print exactly the same on a wide variety of hardware and software and the PDF reader is free. Converting your Word documents to PDF format is fast and easy once you install the PDF converter addon from Microsoft.


Step 1

Download and run the "Save as PDF" addon from Microsoft. This is a small file that will allow most Microsoft Office programs to save PDF files.

Step 2

Open your Word document with Word. Check to verify that your document is complete--the PDF version you will export cannot be further edited. You can, of course, still edit the original Word document.

Click the "File" menu and then click "Save as PDF". This is a new menu item that is created by Microsoft's "Save as PDF" addon program. Once you've installed that addon program, you can simply save PDFs directly from your Word document.

Items you will need

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or later
  • Microsoft's free "Save as PDF" addon (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f1fc413c-6d89-4f15-991b-63b07ba5f2e5&displaylang=en)

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