Creating a PDF From a Microsoft Word Document

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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. Select File.
  2. Select Print.
  3. Select PDF at the bottom of the dialog box and select Save as PDF from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the Print button.
  5. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want the PDF to be saved.
  6. Select 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 select OK.
  7. Select 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. Select 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. Select the radio button next to Best for Electronic Distribution and Accessibility or next to Best for Printing.
  5. Select Export.
  6. Select Allow if you are asked whether to Allow online file conversion to open and export to certain types of files.