Macintosh OS X has PDF file creation built right into the operating system, just click FILE – PRINT in any application, and instead of choosing PRINT in the lower right corner, click PDF in the lower left corner. I have found “compressed PDF” does not work well with Windows users, so I stick with the normal PDF file creation when sharing PDF files with others.

Windows users have other options for creating PDF files from Word or other documents, but need to download and install software to do this. Some programs to consider are:

If you want to edit PDF files, combine multiple PDF documents into a single file, add annotations with text or voice, or otherwise do fancier things than just converting an existing file into PDF format, then you might want to buy Adobe Acrobat Professional. Otherwise, if you just need to make a PDF file, check out the free options above!

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