How to Put Files Into PDF Format

by Chad Anderson

Adobe's Portable Document Format has become a business standard for documents. As of 2009, the PDF file is an open standard that can be integrated into applications by developers without the need for additional royalties or fees. In turn, Microsoft has included a Save to PDF function in all of its Microsoft Office productivity software. Other, free software implementations of office productivity software, such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice, share the same functionality.

Step 1

Open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to your document's location.

Step 2

Double-click the document to open the file using the appropriate application.

Step 3

Click the Microsoft Office button in the top left corner of the dialog or click the "File" button in other applications.

Step 4

Click the "Save As" menu item, then click to choose "PDF" as the file type. Enter a name for the file in the adjacent text-entry field.

Click the "OK" or "Save" button, depending on the application you are using, to save the file as a PDF document.


  • In OpenOffice you can click the PDF icon in any document to quickly export the document to a PDF, skipping the Save As process.


About the Author

Chad Anderson began writing professionally in 2009. He primarily contributes articles on technology and outdoor topics for various websites. His areas of interest include Linux and open-source software along with cycling and other outdoor sports. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Nevada in Reno.

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