How do I create my own PDF file?

PDFThere are numerous programs available that allow you to create your own PDF files or save text as a PDF file. We recommend PrimoPDF and CutePDF, which are free programs that enable you to create your own PDF files. After installing, you can convert any file to PDF. Open the file you want to convert to PDF, select the Print option, and instead of printing to your printer, select the CutePDF option as the printer. With the PrimoPDF program, when printing any file, a wizard will be shown with additional options, including password protecting that PDF file.

Click this link for an example of a file created in Microsoft Word and printed to a PDF using CutePDF. There are a number of other free PDF creators, including some of the more popular ones listed below.

Tip: The Google Chrome browser has a feature that allows you to save any web page as a PDF if you change your printer to Save as PDF in the print window.

Online PDF solutions

  • Zamzar - Great free online solution to convert Word documents (.doc), Wordperfect documents (.wps), OpenDocument text documents (.odt), Text documents (.txt), and many more.

Other PDF software solutions

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