How to Convert a Word Document to TIFF, PDF or JPEG Format

By Kristi Mckinney

PDF (portable document format), TIFF (tagged image file format) and JPEG (joint photographic experts group) are standard image formats for sending information via email or uploading on the web. Microsoft Word does not contain native controls to convert your documents to PDF, TIFF, or JPEG. TIFF files typically are the largest of the three formats, with PDF falling behind and JPEG being one of the smallest.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Converter such as Cute PDF or Adobe PDF converter

On a Computer Running Mac OSX

Step 1

A PDF driver is the same as a driver for a printer. Mac OSX allows native conversion to PDF. Select "File" in MS Word's menu bar. Select "Print."

Step 2

In the bottom left corner, click on "PDF."

Step 3

Select "Save as PDF."

On a Computer Running Windows

Step 1

A PDF driver is the same as a driver for a printer. Check to see if you have a PDF converter installed on your computer. To find out if you have a converter, in Word, select "File" then "Print."

Step 2

If you have a converter, it will be listed as a printer under the "Printer Name" section. It may be called Acrobat PDF or Cute PDF.

Step 3

If you see the converter, select it as your printer. Then select "Print." Word will ask you where you'd like to save your new PDF. The document does not actually get printed, it gets converted to PDF.

Step 4

If you do not have a converter, you have two options: download a converter or convert your document online. If you want to download a converter, several free converters are available online. These converters install a driver just as you might install a driver for a printer (see Resources). If you'd like to convert your document online, see Section 3.

Step 5

Once you have installed a converter, in Word select "File" then "Print."

Step 6

Select your new PDF converter in the Printer Name section. Click "Print" and Word will ask you where to save the file.

Using an Online Utility

Step 1

Before using an online document conversion utility, consider that someone else will have a copy of the document. If your document contains sensitive material, it is not recommended you use a public website to convert it.

Step 2

To convert your MS Word document online, use a good conversion site such as zamzar.com (see Resources).

Step 3

Under "Step 1" click "Browse" to select the Word document you want to convert.

Step 4

Under "Step 2" choose the format to convert to "Select PDF."

Step 5

Under "Step 3" enter your email address. Zamzar will email you a link to the converted file at this address.

Step 6

Under "Step 4" click "Convert." Your file will be uploaded to Zamzar's servers and converted. You will receive an email with a link to download the converted file. Please note that it can take several minutes before you receive the email, so be patient.

Convert a Word Document to TIFF or JPEG

Step 1

TIFF and JPEG are image formats, just as a PDF is essentially an image of a document. Neither Adobe Acrobat Reader nor Microsoft Word allows you to save documents as a TIFF or JPEG. You will need an online or downloadable utility to help you.

Step 2

Go to zamzar.com (see Resources). Under "Step 1" and "Convert Files," click "Browse" and choose the Word Document you want to convert.

Step 3

Under "Step 2" choose the format you want to convert to"Select "PNG." PNG is a relatively new image format, and it's the only image format that Zamzar will allow conversions to from Word.

Step 4

Enter the email address where you'd like Zamzar to send you the download link. They will email you as soon as the conversion is complete. This is usually a quick process, but if it's a large file it could take a while.

Step 5

Once you have the email from Zamzar, click the link in the email and download the file. Now you need to convert the PNG file to JPG or TIFF format.

Step 6

Repeat the same process you used to convert the PNG file. Go to zamzar.com, select your PNG file, select "jpg" or "tiff." Enter your email address, click "convert" and wait for the email containing the link to your new file.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are several different online document conversion utilities. Zamzar.com offers a breadth of formats, but you can use other utilities.
  • There are also several different PDF conversion utilities. Cute PDF is a good option, but there are several others available that are free.
  • There are several ways to convert Word documents to PDF, JPG, and TIFF formats. This article merely illustrates one of them.