Create a PDF - 30 Oct 2007

The PDF (portable document format) file type is a special type of file that:

  • can be viewed on any computer with a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (available at
  • is an efficient, small format.
  • maintains formatting and layout of the original document.
  • is more secure than many original documents, as the PDF contains less personally-identifiable information, revision history, and other metadata.

To create a PDF, you need PDF creation software installed, such as the full version of Adobe Acrobat.

Once you have Acrobat installed, you can create a PDF by simply printing to the PDF printer.

  1. Choose File → Print.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Printer.
  3. Look for the Adobe Acrobat option. Depending on the version of Acrobat installed on your system, it may be listed as Adobe PDF, Acrobat Distiller, or another similar name.
  4. Click the OK button.
  5. Acrobat will ask you for a name and location to save the PDF.
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