How to Turn a Word Document into a PDF

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Microsoft Word provides a variety of word processing functions for different purposes. This makes it suitable for users with different needs. Although Word is widely used, not everyone can open a Word document. Adobe's PDF files are compatible with most systems and a free reader is available for all versions of Windows, Mac and Linux. An add-in lets you create PDF documents directly inside Microsoft Word.

  • Open your preferred Web browser and navigate to the "Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS" webpage. Click the "Download" button and save the setup program on your computer.

  • Double-click the setup program to start the installation wizard. Click "Yes" if prompted in Windows Vista/7.

  • Follow the prompts to install the add-in. Open the Word document you want to convert. Select the "Save or Published to PDF or XPS" from the "Office" menu to create a PDF.

Tips & Warnings

  • Office 2010 includes this capability without the add-in. Select the PDF format from the "Save as" option.
  • Make sure you download the attachment right off of microsoft's site. I have this right below the article in my resources. You don't want to risk downloading a virus!
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