If you are someone like me who constantly shares documents, then you would know that the best way to do the same is by sending a PDF file. That is why, in this post, we are going to see how you can create a PDF file on Windows 11/10 for free.
What is a PDF File?
PDF or Portable Document Format is created by Adobe and is one of the most versatile file formats. It is great for sharing files and presenting documents as the format works regardless of the software, hardware, or operating systems. This versatility doesn’t limit this format, it can contain links, buttons, audio, video, and other stuff.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is now maintaining this format making it an open standard one. In this post, we are going to show you how to create a PDF document by using Windows built-in tool.
How do I create a PDF in Windows 11?
You can create a PDF in Windows 11 using the Windows built-in PDF Printer. This tool allows the user to create any document into PDF. Be it, a text document, image, or webpage, can be converted into PDF using this tool. Let us now see how you can create a PDF file on Windows 11/10 using PDF Printer.
Create a PDF File on Windows 11/10 using PDF Printer
Windows built-in PDF Printer allows you to create a PDF out of anything. Something as simple as text written in Notepad can be converted to a PDF using this tool. You can just try printing the document and once you are inside the app, just select the required option and your document will be saved in PDF format.
Convert a text file into a PDF
As an example, we are going to convert a simple text into a PDF using the PDF Printer. Just follow the prescribed steps to do the same.
- From the Notepad window, click on File > Print.
- Select Microsoft Print to PDF and click Print.
- Now, select the location where you want to store your PDF and click on Save.
Your PDF will be created.
You can go to the location where you have stored the PDF, and open it to view the content. It’s as easy as it gets.
Convert any webpage into a PDF
Using the same tool, you can convert any webpage into a PDF. Most of the browsers, including Chrome and Edge, allow you to print your webpage using the Shortcut (Ctrl + P) or by going to options and selecting Print.
So, if you want to create PDF out of a webpage, just hit Ctrl + P and you will see the print window. From the Printer option, select Save as PDF. Finally, click Save. You have to select the location and then save the file as it will get downloaded afterward.
You can also save the webpage in HTML format by Ctrl + S, then open it on a browser and convert it to PDF by the aforementioned method.
Convert one or multiple images into a PDF
Next up, let us learn how you can convert images to PDF. If it’s just one image, right-click on it and select Print. Now, from Printer, select Microsoft Print to PDF, you can also make adjustments if you want, and then select Print.
In case you have multiple images, just select all of them at once using your mouse, then right-click and select Print. Again do the same, select Microsoft Print to PDF, make adjustments if you want, and then select Print.
This will do the job for you.
Read: How to annotate a PDF on Windows
How do I save a Word document as a PDF in Windows 11?
It is quite easy to save a Word document as a PDF. All you have to do is follow the prescribed steps to save a Word document as a PDF.
- Click on File > Save as.
- Select the location where you want to take the file.
- In Save as type select PDF format.
- Click on Save.
Once the file is saved, you will be able to view it with any PDF viewer.
However, we would recommend you to not change the PDF to Word. Even though MS Word does allow you to change the file back, it jumbles the content making it really difficult to make any sense of it.
Also read: Print to PDF is missing in Windows 11/10
How to save a Doc file as a PDF in Google Docs?
Google Docs, similar to MS Word allows you to save the file in PDF format. You just need to download it and you will be good to go. Just click on File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf). Your document will be downloaded in PDF format. Again we won’t recommend you to change the PDF file into Words using Google Docs.
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