There are several ways to save files with almost any file extension as a PDF file. You can scan a document and save it as a PDF file. You can install a free PDF printer and print a document into a PDF file. Or you can use built-in features of your office suite to save a document as a PDF file.
Scan to PDF
When you have only a hard copy of your document and want to scan it, make sure that you select
I use HP’s Deskjet 2050 All-in-One J510 printer/scanner/copier device and the settings in their software are pretty obvious:
Print to PDF
Choose one of the following free PDF printers, then download and install it to your computer:
- PDF Creator by the German pdfforge GmbH
- CutePDF Writer by the American Acro Software Inc.
- Bullzip Free PDF Printer by the Danish BioPDF company
- PrimoPDF by the American Nitro Software Inc.
My personal favorite is PDF Creator.
Once you are done, you will be able to print to PDF any document opened in any of your installed programs.
To do so, click on the
In the above picture, the printer I selected came as part of a commercial accounting software package. I uninstalled PDF Creator to make sure the two devices would not collide.
To make your preferred choice of printer device more permanent, go to
A green check mark will appear on the default printer’s icon.
Save as PDF
LibreOffice and OpenOffice are two full-fledged office suites that are completely free and also open source. What’s more, LibreOffice comes in a portable version, too.
Both these office suites are among my favorite software tools.
To save a document that you have opened in LibreOffice as a PDF file, simply click on the
The process in OpenOffice is identical.
Click on the
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