How do I save a scanned document as a PDF?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

You can use a free program, such as CuteFTP or PrimoPDF, to create a PDF from a picture or document you have scanned to a file on your computer.

Creating a PDF as a print jobAfter downloading and installing one of these programs, open your scanned image in an image viewer and print the file. When the Print window opens, as shown in the picture, instead of selecting your computer printer, select either CuteFTP or PrimoPDF as your printer and click OK. Doing this creates a PDF file instead of sending the file to be printed with your printer.

Tip: When scanning a document, by default, that scanned image will be saved as an image. You have the option to save the file as a .TIFF or .JPG. We recommend a .JPG since more programs are capable of opening this image format.

Tip: When opening the image or scanned document, it must be opened in a program that allows you to print the file. When looking at the files through My Computer or Windows Explorer, do not preview the image. Instead, open the image in an image editor, such as MSPaint or the Windows Photo Viewer.

Additional information

  • See the PDF definition for further information about PDF files, questions and answers, and related links.