How do I create my own PDF file?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

There are many programs available that allows you to create PDF files or save text as a PDF file. We recommend PrimoPDF and CutePDF, which are free programs that enable you to create 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 is shown with additional options, including password protecting that PDF file.

Example of a file created in Microsoft Word and printed to a PDF using CutePDF.

There are many free PDF creators. Some of the popular programs are listed here.


The Google Chrome browser has a feature 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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