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.

    Print command in Word
  2. Open the Printer drop-down menu and select Microsoft Print to PDF.

    Print screen in Word with the Microsoft Word to PDF button highlighted
  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.

    Print button in Word
  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.

    Save As command in Word
  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.

    File Format menu in Word with PDF highlighted
  4. Select Save.

    Save As menu in Word with the Save button highlighted

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 Export in the File menu.

    Export option in Word's File menu
  2. Click Create PDF/XPS Document.

    Export menu in Word with the Create PDF button highlighted
  3. Press the Create PDF/XPS Document button.

    Export screen in Word with the Create PDF button highlighted
  4. Give the PDF file a name, choose what location to save it at, and press Publish.