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How do I save a Word document as a PDF file?

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How do I save a Word document as a PDF file?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Microsoft Office
Expert:  Viet -MS Office Tech replied 4 years ago.
Viet - MS Office Tech :

Hi, I will assist,

Viet - MS Office Tech :

I'm sorry about the issue you are having. You would need a converter program ,etc. Do you have windows xp, vista, or 7, or Mac computer? You have two options:

Viet - MS Office Tech :

1. Convert the word file to pdf file at the website http://www.zamzar.com/

Viet - MS Office Tech :

2. Download and install the free PrimoPDF program at the website http://primopdf.com/
, then print the Word document (or print anything you want), then select the printer called PrimoPDF, then it will let you save it as a PDF file.

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

I have windows 7

Viet - MS Office Tech :

OK, please see my two suggestions above.

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

when i used office starter, all I did was type in "save as" and it allowed me to save as to a PDF file. Why can't I do the same thing with my Office windows home program?

Viet - MS Office Tech :

I'm sorry, office / word program does not have that feature

Viet - MS Office Tech :

but using the primopdf program will work: http://primopdf.com/

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

Do I have to download it everytime I want to save a word file?

Viet - MS Office Tech :

No, it's only a one time installation, and it let you convert anything you want to pdf, such as word file, excel file, picture file, etc.

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

Do I have to leave office windows word each time I want to convert a word file to PDF?

Viet - MS Office Tech :

No, you don't. in word document, just print to the primopdf printer, and it will let you save as pdf

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

Does the word "printer" above mean I have to print or can I just save as PDF?

Viet - MS Office Tech :

You have to print; but it's similar/quick.

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

I don't have a printer. There's got to be an easier way to just save as to a PDF file.

Viet - MS Office Tech :

No,

Viet - MS Office Tech :

you do not need a printer at all

Viet - MS Office Tech :

What I mean is that you just install the free PrimoPDF program

Viet - MS Office Tech :

then it will show the "fake" printer called PrimoPDF

Viet - MS Office Tech :

then when you print the document to the printer name called PrimoPDF printer, then it will save as pdf file.

Viet - MS Office Tech :

It's simple/easy.

JACUSTOMER-nbsbhjwf- :

OK, I will try it. Thanks

Viet - MS Office Tech :

You're welcome. Can you download/install the PrimoPDF program now http://primopdf.com/? I'm staying here with you.

Viet - MS Office Tech :

How is it going?

Viet - MS Office Tech :

Also Office version 2010, and 2013 has built-in save as pdf option: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/save-as-pdf-HA010354239.aspx

Viet - MS Office Tech :

For Office 2007, if you download the add-in "2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS", then you will have the save as pdf option:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7

Viet - MS Office Tech :

For Office 2003 and older versions, you would have to use the PrimoPDF program.

Viet - MS Office Tech :

But in general, the primoPDF program allows you to convert any printable file, such as word, excel, picture, etc. to a pdf file.

Viet - MS Office Tech :

It looks like you went away; please reply back and let me know the result when you are available. I will help further as needed. Thank you,

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