There are many times we need to save a file to the PDF format.  In both Windows and Mac, you can “print” to PDF, which essentially creates a PDF file.

Mac

With the file open (Word, Pages, etc.), click File/Print

  • At the bottom of the print screen, click the drop-down arrow where it says “PDF”
  • Click Save as PDF
  • Click Print

  • Give your file a name and choose the location where you would like to save the file
  • Click Save

Windows

  • With the file open (Word, OneNote, etc.), click File/Print
  • Click the drop down box to choose the “Microsoft Print to PDF” printer
  • Click Print

  • Give your file a name and choose the location where you would like to save the file
  • Click Save

Microsoft Print to PDF Printer not available?  Make sure it’s enabled:

  • Press the Windows + R key
  • Type optionalfeatures.exe and click OK

  • Scroll down and check to enable Microsoft Print to PDF

Still having issues?  Add the feature as a local printer in Control Panel

  • Follow the default prompts to add a local printer

  • The “Printer” will be listed under Microsoft

Still need a bit of help?  The friendly technicians at the Technology Help Desk in the Law Library are here to assist you.

Saving a File/Printing to PDF

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