Create a PDF from a Word Document

All Microsoft Office products can produce PDF documents. Below are instructions for Word 2016. There are advantages to using PDF in your course:

  • The document looks the same for every student no matter what operating system or browser
  • The PDF format is ubiquitous. It works on any operating system. 
  • Usually saving as PDF compresses the file size.

Exporting as a PDF Document 

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Click on the File tab.
    Image shows File tab.
  3. Choose Export.
    Image shows the Export option.
  4. Click the Create PDF/XPS Document option then click the Create PDF/XPS button.
    Identifies the Create PDF/XPS button.
  5. Choose a location to save your file and type in a name for your file in the File Name box. Then click Publish. 

Save as a PDF 

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Click on the File tab.
    Image shows File tab.
  3. Choose Save As.
    Image shows the Save As option.
  4. Choose a location to save your file and type in a name for your file in the File Name box.
  5. In the Save as Type drop-down menu, choose PDF.
    Indicates the Save as Type options with PDF selection.
  6. Click Save.