How to Burn a PDF to CD

You can burn a PDF to a CD the same way that you burn any other file to a CD--by burning the CD as a data disc. This process can be accomplished with utility software found on both Mac and Windows operating systems. Once the PDF has been burned to a data CD, you will be able to transport it to another computer and open it (as long as that computer has a PDF reader installed).

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Burn your PDFs to a CD.

On a Mac

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Create a burn folder by opening the “Finder,” clicking “File” and selecting “Create New Burn Folder.”

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Click on the burn folder to name it. Otherwise, it will be labeled “Burn Folder” by default.

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Drag the PDF you would like to burn to CD into this new burn folder. Double-click the new burn folder to open it.

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Click “Burn” and insert a blank CD-R into the computer. After recognizing the blank CD, the PDF will be burned to the CD.

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Eject the CD when the burning process has finished. You have now successfully burned a PDF to CD.

On a PC

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Insert a blank CD-R into the computer. After recognizing the blank CD, the computer will prompt you, asking what you’d like to do with the blank disc.

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Select “Burn files to data disc” and name the data disc.

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Select “Mastered” from the available formatting options and click “Next.”

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Drag the PDF you would like to burn to CD into the window that appears after clicking “Next.”

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Click “Burn to disc.”

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Eject the CD when the burning process has finished. You have now successfully burned a PDF to CD.