How to Save a Windows Document in PDF (Acrobat) Format

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PDF (Acrobat) files are a great way to make sure documents are viewed with the correct layout and fonts - even when the recipients don't have the program you used to create the documents. It's also a format that is viewable across multiple platforms. In order to create a PDF file in Windows you need to be using Adobe Acrobat Distiller.

Open the file you want to make into a PDF.

Choose File, then Print.

Use the PDFwriter option when printing from a word-processing application: Choose PDFwriter from the Name pull-down menu in the Print dialog box. Fill in the document information, then click Save.

Use Acrobat Distiller option when printing from a page layout or design program: Choose Acrobat Distiller from the Name pull-down menu in the Print dialog box. Fill in the document information, then click Save.

Tips

  • check Microsoft Office products can print directly to a PDF. If you've installed Acrobat correctly, you should have a Create PDF option under the File menu.
  • check You can also print to a PostScript file and then use Acrobat Distiller to turn the PostScript file into a PDF.

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