How to Save as a PDF in Word 2013

While Microsoft Word is a very popular program and most people have a way to open the files that it creates, there are still many instances where someone either prefers a PDF, or can only view a PDF.

It used to be somewhat complicated to convert a Word .doc or .docx file to the PDF format, but Microsoft now includes a way to do it from directly within the program. Check out the tutorial below to learn how you can start saving your files as PDFs in Word 2013.

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How to Save a Word 2013 Document as a PDF

The PDF file format offers many advantages over other types of file formats, namely that changes to the document will leave an electronic footprint, and that the file can be viewed identically on a number of different systems, in a number of different applications. If you are working with someone that is specifically requesting a PDF file, then it is likely to be for one of these reasons.

Step 1: Open the document that you want to save as a PDF in Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Save As option in the column at the left side of the window.

click the Save As button

Step 4: Select the location to which you want to save the file.

select the location for the file

Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of File Type, then select the PDF option.

how to save as a pdf in word 2013

Step 6: Enter a name for the file into the File Name field, then select either the Standard or Minimum size option to the right of Optimize for.

choose a standard or minimum size file

Step 7: Click the Save button to create and save your PDF file.

If you want to start creating native PDF files and editing ones that are sent to you, consider purchasing Adobe Acrobat. Click here to learn more about it.

Are you numbering pages in your document, but you want to skip the first page? Click here to learn how.

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