How to Convert a Microsoft Word Document to PDF Format


This wikiHow teaches you how to create a PDF version of a Microsoft Word document. PDF files are both compatible with most platforms and difficult to edit, making them perfect for storing and delivering important documents. You can use SmallPDF or Google Drive to convert a Word document into a PDF online, or you can use Microsoft Word itself on your Windows or Mac computer.

Part 1
Using Word on Windows

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Double-click the Word document to open it in Microsoft Word. If you haven't yet created the document, open Word, then click Blank document and create the document as needed before proceeding.

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It's in the top-left corner of the Word window. Doing so opens a pop-out window.

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This option is in the left-hand column of options. You should see several new options appear in the middle of the window.

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It's in the upper-left corner of the window.

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This option is in the middle of the window. Doing so prompts a pop-up window.

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On the left side of the window, click the folder in which you want to store the PDF version of your Word file. Since the PDF is a different file type than the Word document, you can store the PDF in the same file location as the Word file. You can also enter a new file name in the "File name" text box if you like.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. This will create a PDF copy of your Word document in your specified location.

Part 2
Using Word on Mac

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Double-click the Word document to open it in Microsoft Word. If you haven't yet created the document, open Word, then click Blank Document and create the document as needed before proceeding.

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It's in the upper-left corner of your Mac's screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. Doing so opens a new window.

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Type whatever you want to name the PDF into the "Name" text box at the top of the window.

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On the left side of the window, click the folder in which you want to save your PDF.

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It's at the bottom of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the "Export" section of the drop-down menu. You may have to scroll down in the drop-down menu to see this option.

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It's a blue button in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so saves your PDF in the specified file location.

Part 3
Using SmallPDF

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Go to in your computer's web browser.

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It's in the middle of the SmallPDF page. Doing so will open either a File Explorer (Windows) or a Finder (Mac) window.

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Go to your Word document's location, then click the Word document to select it.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will upload the Word document to SmallPDF. On a Mac, you may click Choose here instead.

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This option is in the lower-left side of the SmallPDF page. Your PDF will download onto your computer, though you may have to select a storage location and/or confirm the download depending on your browser's settings. It may take a few seconds for this option to appear if your Word document is large or your Internet connection is slow.

Part 4
Using Google Drive

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open your Google Drive page if you're logged in. If you aren't logged in, click Go to Google Drive, then enter your email address and password when prompted.

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It's in the top-left side of the Google Drive window. A drop-down menu will appear.

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It's in the drop-down menu. Doing this will open either a File Explorer (Windows) or a Finder (Mac) window.

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Go to your Word document's location, then click the Word document to select it.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Your Word document will upload to Google Drive. On a Mac, you may click Choose here instead.

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Once the Word file finishes uploading to Google Drive, double-click it in Google Drive to open it in your browser.

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It's in the upper-left side of the window. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu. On a Mac, make sure you're clicking File in your browser window and not in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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This option is in the middle of the drop-down menu. Selecting it prompts a pop-out menu.

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It's in the pop-out menu. A PDF version of the Word document will immediately download onto your computer. Depending on your browser's settings, you may have to confirm the download and/or select a save location before the file will actually download.