Software & Apps MS Office How to Convert Word to PDF Use the app's print options to convert your work By James Marshall Writer James Marshall is a pro journalist who covers technology and computer troubleshooting. He is also skilled with Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and other word processors. our editorial process James Marshall Updated December 04, 2019 Bubaone / Getty Images MS Office Word Excel Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email 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. Here's how to convert your Microsoft Word document into a PDF file. Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word Online, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word Starter 2010. Use the Print Menu to Make a PDF To save your Word file as a PDF using the Print dialog box: Select File > Print. Select the Printer drop-down arrow and choose Microsoft Print to PDF. Change the settings as needed. For example, you can choose to convert certain pages into a PDF instead of the whole document. Select the Print button. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want it to be saved, then select Save. Use the Save as Option to Export a PDF To export your Word file as a PDF using the Save As function: Select File > Save As. Give the PDF a name and enter the location where you want the PDF to be saved. Select the File Format drop-down arrow and choose PDF. Select Save. Use the Export Option to Create a PDF To create a PDF file of your Word document using the Export feature: Go to the File tab and select Export. Select Create PDF/XPS Document. Select the Create PDF/XPS Document button. Give the PDF file a name, choose what location to save it at, and select Publish.