How to Create a PDF in 3 Simple Steps

PDF is short for portable document format. It’s the save file you use when you want to share a document with multiple people. If you don’t want anyone to be able to modify it, you can send it as a read-only file.

Most computers come with software installed that will allow you to open these files. The question is, how do you create a PDF? There’s a different way to go about it depending on what type of computer OS you’re working with.

We can walk you through all the steps. Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know about creating a PDF that will work on your laptop or even your phone.

  1. PDF on Mac

Creating and editing a PDF starts with a regular word document. Most professional programs such as Microsoft Office actually have PDF export options with all the bells and whistles.

If the program you’re using doesn’t have these tools, you’ll have to get a little more creative. With the document open, hit Command+P to bring up your print menu.

In the lower-left corner of the box, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Click on that and select “save as PDF.” You’ll now have the option to open the document in Preview, add it to another Mac-supported app, edit the document, or continue on with the saving process.

  1. PDF on Windows 

Saving a document as a PDF on Windows works sort of the same way that it does in Mac with a few differentiating commands. To open the print menu, you’ll hold down CTRL+P on your keyboard.

You’ll see a similar drop-down box on the printer menu. Select “Save as PDF,” choose how you want to format the document, and save it where you want it to go.

Something to keep in mind is that this feature only exists on Windows 10. If you’re using an older version of the OS, you’ll have to generate PDF in C# or choose some other type of program.

  1. PDF on Android and IOS

Creating a PDF doesn’t end with your computer. You can make them on your Android and IOS devices as well. If you’re on Android, you’ll need to go to the Share menu.

From there, go to the print option and choose the “Save as PDF.” If you’re using an iPhone,  you’ll go to the Share menu in the app you’re using.

When the menu pops up, you’ll navigate to your Options panel. Doing so will take you to the Save As menu. Tap Reader PDF, and you should be good to go.

Steps to Create a PDF

PDFs are perfect for sharing information with a lot of people at once. There’s an option that will prevent anyone from editing the documents, and it allows for quick signing.

As you read here, you can create a PDF with ease. You don’t even need a computer. You can make one using your tablet or mobile phone.

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