Converting Word Doc Files to PDF

Please Note: As the article title states, this tutorial will walk you through the process of converting a word file to PDF, however, you’d use the same process for Powerpoint files as well.

One of the most common questions I’ve received as of late is “How do you convert word or power point files to PDF?” And surprisingly, it’s actually one of the easiest things to do.

Of course I can say this without hesitation because I do this all the time. I have converted literally thousands of word files to PDF over the last half decade alone.

But seriously though, it really is a very simple process. In fact, when I explain to others how simple it is, they always say the same thing… “What the hell was I scared of?” It really is that simple!

If you’re using Microsoft Word or Microsoft Powerpoint to edit the files you’ve purchased, there are currently 6 different methods you can use to convert your modified files to PDF.

The following tutorial assumes you’re using Microsoft Office to edit your Word Doc files. Please refer to the screenshot image below for a graphical representation of each of the first 4 options.

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Option 1 (Save or Save As)

When you’re finished editing your document, click on the Save or Save As button within the MS Word application. Type in a filename as you normally would.

Instead of choosing “Word Document (*.docx) as the preferred format from the drop down list, select “PDF” and click save. Your file(s) will be saved as PDF files which can then be sold to your own customers.

Option 2 (Save As Adobe PDF)

With this option, instead of choosing the “Save” or “Save As” options, you’re going to choose “Save As Adobe PDF” and follow the prompts.

Important Note: Before actually choosing the “Save As Adobe PDF” button, you’ll need to save the file to your local hard drive. If you forget to save it first, you will be prompted to prior to being able to use the “Save As A PDF” option.

Option 3 (Print)

With this option, instead of clicking on the “Save”, “Save As” or “Save As Adobe PDF” buttons within the MS Word application, you want to select the “Print” button.

When the next window appears, choose “Adobe PDF” from the list of “Printer” options. If this option does not appear, you may have to install the proper drivers, which is outside the scope of this FAQ.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact me using the online help desk and I will do what I can to assist you.

Added: 12/19/2019
If your system does not have the proper print drivers to print as a PDF, you may want to check out PrimoPDF.

Option 4 (Export)

The final option (from within the MS Office application, is the “Export” option. To use this, simply click on the “Export” button rather than the “Save”, “Save As”, “Save As PDF” or “Print” buttons. When prompted, click on the “Create Adobe PDF” button and follow the prompts.

Option 5 (3rd Party SAAS)

With this option, you’ll need to rely on third party services to convert your edited Word/Powerpoint file(s) to a PDF. Following is a list of sites that will make this a breeze for you and are free to use. Some are free for only a certain number of conversions or for a limited time.

Free PDF Convert
Small PDF
To PDF
I Love PDF
PDF Converter
PDF To Go
Soda PDF
Chrome PDF Converter (Chrome Users Only)
Online PDF Converter
Online 2 PDF

Please understand that the links above, and their respective websites/services are NOT owned, managed, operated, sponsored or even endorsed by Low Content Creations or Xeebs Media.

Therefore, I can not, do not and will not offer support for any of the above mentioned sites and/or services.

All questions pertaining to a particular site should be directed to their respective support department.

Option 6 (Software Apps)

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of software applications out there that were created specifically for converting files to PDF.

Having owned MS Office for as long as I can remember, I have never had a need to try out any other software, however, if you simply open up your favorite search engine and do a search for “pdf conversion software for mac” or “pdf conversion software for windows”, you’ll find more options than you can shake a stick at.

When I have some free time, I’d be more than happy to download a few and test them out. Once I’ve had a chance to do so, I will post back with the links of those which are the easiest to use or offer the widest array of options and features.

In the mean time, feel free to drop a comment below and let me know if you’ve tried any yourself and be sure to mention both the good and bad aspects of the software(s) you’ve tried yourself.

Well, that about wraps up this tutorial. I know there are literally tons of additional resources out there, but those listed above should be enough to help you get started.

If you know of any additional converters (or software apps) that are not mentioned above, please drop me a line by posting in the comment section below or via my online help desk and let me know. I’ll check it out and if it seems worthwhile, I’ll add it to the list above and send you an email with a special gift as my way of saying thanks.


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