Last updated: April 2, 2019
Microsoft Word is a very popular program, and most people with whom you need to share a Word document are going to have a way to open it. But situations do exist where someone may not be able to open a Word document, or where you need to take advantage of some of the features that a PDF document offers that are not available for the .doc or .docx file type.
This had previously required you to employ another program to get your Word document to the PDF file type, but that is something that you can now do without ever leaving Word. The guide in our article below is going to show you how to use the default functionality in Microsoft Word 2013 to let you save your document as a PDF file.
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How to Save as a PDF in Word 2013 – Quick Summary
- Click the File tab at the top-left.
- Choose the Save As tab.
- Select the file location.
- Click the Save as Type dropdown menu, then choose PDF.
- Click the Save button.
For additional information, including pictures for each step, continue to the section below.
Converting a Word Document to a PDF in Word 2013
One of the best parts about using Word to save your document as a PDF is that you are unlikely to encounter any weird formatting issues. The PDF conversion utility is part of the Word program, so it is very adept and creating the PDF file from the content within the Word document.
Note that completing these steps will create a PDF copy of your file. You will still have the original Word copy as well.
Step 1: Open the Word document in Word 2013 that you want to convert to the PDF file type.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Save As option in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 4: Select the location and the folder to which you want to save the PDF file.
Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Save as Type, then click the PDF option.
Step 6: Select your preferred file size from the options to the right of Optimize for, then click the Save button to create the PDF file.
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