Save Your Word Document As A PDF (Word 2002)

One question that Lockergnome readers often ask me is ‘How do I save my Word document in PDF format?’ It is possible but many people try to do a ‘Save As’ only to discover that PDF is not in the list of possible file types. This is because you need to use the ‘Print’ function instead of the ‘Save As’ function to save your document as a PDF.

The steps required to complete the process are outlined below. Keep in mind that you need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, not just the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  1. Open the document you want to save as a PDF.

  2. From the File menu, click Print.
  3. Under the Printer section, use the drop arrow to select Acrobat Distiller.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The Save PDF File As window will appear. Type in a name for the file.
  6. Be sure the Save As Type is set to PDF files (*.PDF).
  7. Click Save.

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  1. Alan Cooper says:

    Underthe printer options, I only have printers listed, not Acrobat Distiller. I could not see how to add this option under Add Printers.

  2. jun says:

    Thats great…but I have a few questions….can I make a word document a “read only” file when I use adobe acrobat? How? Is by making a word document a pdf file turns it into a read only file?

  3. annoyed says:

    Acrobat distiller is commercial software. Not everyone has that option under their printer dialog.

    My advice to anyone with this problem is to get Open Office software, its free and you can import MS Word files and export .pdf files.

    Or you search for websites that will convert your .doc to .pdf if you upload it. Adobe will do it, but you need to create an account… here:

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