How to Convert Word to PDF

Use the app's print options to convert your work

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Portable Document Format, or PDF, is an easy way to preserve the formatting of your work and share it with others. It's a format that's widely used in the professional world. If you want to convert your Microsoft Word document into a PDF file, we'll show you how.

These instructions apply to Word for Office 365, Word for the web, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word Starter 2010.

Using the Print Menu to Make a PDF

You can save your Word file as a PDF using the PrintSave, or Save As dialog boxes. 

  1. Select File > Print.

    Screenshot of the Print option in Microsoft Word 365
  2. Open the Printer drop-down menu and select Microsoft Print to PDF.

    Screenshot of the Microsoft Print to PDF option in Microsoft Word 365
  3. Tweak the settings as needed. For example, you can choose to convert certain pages into a PDF instead of the whole document.

  4. Select the Print button.

    Screenshot of the Print button in MS Word 365
  5. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want it to be saved, then press Save.

Using the Save as Option to Export a PDF

To export your Word file as a PDF using the Save As function, follow these steps:

  1. Select File > 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.

    Screenshot of the Save As options in MS Word 365
  4. Select Save.

Using the Export Option to Create a PDF

Finally, you can create a PDF file of your Word document using the Export feature.

  1. Select File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document.

  2. Press the Create PDF/XPS Document button.

    Screenshot of the Create PDF option in Microsoft Word 365
  3. Give the PDF file a name, choose what location to save it at, and press Publish.