How to Use Windows’ Print to PDF Feature

By | February 15, 2024
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How to Use Windows’ Print to PDF Feature

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If you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11, you don’t need no stinkin’ program to convert files to PDF! You have the power to convert files to PDF format at your fingertips, I tells ya!

We’re going to show you a few examples of how easy it is to convert a file to PDF using the Windows “Print to PDF” feature. 

OK. Ready? Let’s convert an image file to a PDF file

Pick an image, any image, on your computer and open it with your favorite image viewer. Once it’s open, press CTRL+P, choose “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the selected printer, and then click Print.

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(Above the Print dialog in our favorite image viewer, IrfanView. Your image program will have a similar print dialog.)

Now, let’s convert a text file to a PDF file.

Pick a text file, any text file, and open it. Now press CTRL + P, choose “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the selected printer, and then click Print.

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(Above- The Print dialog in Notepad.)

How about converting a Word document to a PDF file? 

Pick a Word document, any Word document, open it, and use the CTRL + P shortcut to open the Print dialog. Now choose “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the selected printer and then click Print.

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(Above –  The Print dialog in MS Word.)

Are you seeing a pattern here? You can turn almost any image file, text file, or document into a PDF file without downloading or using any third-party apps.  And best of all, it is easy to do.

Think of Windows’ “Print to PDF” as “Convert to PDF” because it converts many file types to PDF format. If you’re using Windows 10  or Windows 11, now you know how to convert almost any file to PDF format using Windows’ “Print to PDF” feature.

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