Creating a PDF From a Microsoft Word Document

How to save or export your Word documents as PDFs

Creating a PDF file from a Word document is simple, but many users don't know how to accomplish the task. You can create a PDF by using the PrintSave or Save As dialog boxes. 

Using the Print Menu to Make a PDF

To save your Word file as a PDF, follow these easy steps:

  1. Click File.
  2. Select Print.
  3. Click PDF at the bottom of the dialog box and select Save as PDF from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Print button.
  1. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want the PDF to be saved.
  2. Click the Security Options button if you want to add a password to open the document, require a password to copy text, images, and other content, or require a password to print the document. If so, enter a password, verify it and click OK.
  3. Click Save to generate the PDF.

Using the Save and Save As Menus to Export a PDF

To export your Word file as a PDF, follow these steps.

  1. Click either Save or Save As.
  2. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want the PDF to be saved.
  3. Select PDF in the drop-down menu next to File Format.
  4. Click the radio button next to Best for Electronic Distribution and Accessibility or next to Best for Printing.
  5. Click Export.
  6. Click Allow if you are asked whether to Allow online file conversion to open and export to certain types of files.