Microsoft Word 101: how to convert a Word doc to a PDF – The Verge

Microsoft Word 101: how to convert a Word doc to a PDF – The Verge

Microsoft Word 101: how to convert a Word doc to a PDF – The Verge 0 0 Alan Dickson

By Barbara Krasnoff
For a long time, Adobe’s PDF file format has been the format for legal and business documents, largely because they most closely resemble their hardcopy versions — and because they can be locked down relatively easily so that no changes can be made. But while PDFs are great for producing accurate digital versions of paper documents, you can also very easily create a PDF out of an ordinary Word document as well.
As you might imagine, creating a PDF from a Word document is very easy when you do it using Microsoft Word.
If you use Google Docs instead and are faced with a Word file that you need to convert into a PDF, that’s not a problem. Google Docs can accommodate Word files quite nicely. And, once they are uploaded into Docs, it can spit them back as PDF files. However, the process isn’t quite as straightforward.
Things get slightly more tricky on a mobile device because you can’t directly save a Word file to a PDF using the Google Docs mobile app. However, if you first save the file as a Docs format, you can then go on to convert it to a PDF.
Bonus: if you’re curious what PDF stands for, it’s the wildly exciting Portable Document Format.
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