Saving a word document as a PDF preserves its format and ensures compatibility with different operating systems. Additionally, it results in a smaller file size. This guide shows you the main ways to save your word document as a PDF.
Save as PDF
- Click the File tab at the top left of your document.
- Select Save As from the menu.
- Click Browse to select a location on your computer to save the file.
- In the Save as type field, select PDF from the drop-down list.
- Click Save to save the PDF file.
Using the Export feature
- Click File on the top left of your document.
- Select Export from the menu.
- In the window that appears, click Create PDF/XPS.
- Choose where you want to save the file, and give your document a name.
- Now click Publish to create and save your PDF.
Save Specific Pages of a Word Document as PDF
You may want to save specific document pages as a PDF when dealing with large documents. Here’s how you can do that in MS Word:
- Click File at the top left of your document.
- Select Print from the menu or press Ctrl + P (on Windows) or Command + P (on Mac).
- Select Microsoft Print to PDF under the “Printer” heading.
- In the Pages box, enter the specific pages you want to print.
- Now click the Print button. The Save print output as dialog box appears.
- Select a folder and enter a file name for the PDF file. Click Save to save the PDF file to your device(only the selected pages will be saved as PDF)
Third-Party Apps and Conversion Websites
If you do not have MS Word installed on your device, you can use conversion websites (some popular ones include: freepdfconvert, ilovePDF, and smallpdf) to convert any document type to a PDF. Here’s how to use smallpdf to save your word document as a PDF
- Go to smallpdf
- Select Word to PDF from the Tools tab.
- Drag and drop your word document into the conversion box.
- Once the document is converted, click Download to save it to your device.