How to Convert a Word Doc to PDF

By Techwalla Contributor

The portable document format, or PDF, is the preferred file type to use when sharing documents with a group. PDF files are readable across multiple platforms, so you don't have to worry whether Mac or Linux users are able to read them. If you have a Word document that needs to be distributed to others, convert it to a PDF file to avoid any compatibility issues.

Step 1

To convert a Word doc to PDF, find and install a Word-to-PDF document converter. Adobe Acrobat is one such program. However, if you do not have Adobe Acrobat and do not want to purchase it, freeware applications are also available including PrimoPDF, PDF Suite and Doc2pdf. Install the PDF converter of your choice.

Step 2

Although the specific details vary, the programs function similarly. For example, when using PrimoPDF, open the Word document that you wish to convert.

Step 3

With the document open, go to "File" and "Print" to bring up the print dialogue box where you choose your printer. When you install a PDF converter, you should see an option to select the converter program as a printer choice. Select your Word-to-PDF converter as your printer choice and click "Print."

Step 4

Set your PDF file name and location when prompted. Usually the defaults listed are just fine, so click proceed to convert your Word document to a PDF file.