Word to PDF: Saving, Exporting or Converting
The Microsoft Word document format, Docx, is a great format with a lot of flexibility and software support. However, there may be instances where the recipient of your document doesn't have a word processing software or when your document must look the same no matter the device it's viewed on. In such cases, PDF can be the better choice. Today we're going to show you how to convert a Word document to PDF so you can decide for yourself.
However, because people have varying requirements and preferences, we'll be walking you through three methods to achieve this. First, we'll start by showing you how to save a Word document as a PDF directly from the Word document. We'll then cover how to convert a Word document to PDF by exporting from Word. Finally, for those of you who don't own the Office suite, we'll show you how to use a third-party Word to PDF converter.
Bear in mind that you should get roughly the same output regardless of the method you use, so it really comes down to preference.
How to Save a Word Document as a PDF
The most intuitive way to convert a Word file to PDF involves the ever-familiar “Save As…” menu. With just a couple of clicks, you can output your document in Adobe's PDF format instead:
- Press the “File” button in the top-left of your Word document
- Save a copy of your Word document as a PDF
To do so, press the “Save a Copy” button in the sidebar (big surprise), then click “This PC” under the “Other locations” heading.
Finally, press the dropdown under the document name that says “Word Document (*.docx)”, and change it to “PDF (*.pdf)”, then press “Save”.
- Press “More options” underneath your drop-down window
- OR: Press the “Options…” button in File Explorer
- Choose your document settings and PDF options and press “OK”
Once you've chosen your options, you can save the PDF as normal.
How to Convert a Document to PDF Using Word (Exporting)
For a slightly more straightforward process, you can export can convert docx to PDF by exporting your Word document. Here's how:
How to Make a Docx file a PDF with a Word to PDF Converter
If you don't own Microsoft Word or don't want to have to open a document in Word every time to convert it, you can use a third-party tool. We'll be using a tool called File Converter, which you can use for multiple formats. Make sure you have it downloaded and installed before you continue.
Extra: How to Save to/Print to PDF From Any App
If you need to convert to PDF from applications and file formats other than Word, your best bet is to follow our tutorial on how to use Bullzip PDF printer. This will also give you some additional customization.
Extra: How to Create a PDF from Images
Now you know how to make a Word Document a PDF, but what if you want to create your PDF out of images instead? For that, you can follow our dedicated how to create a PDF from images tutorial.