Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 9, 2020)
In order to create a PDF file in older versions of Windows, you needed to install a special printer driver or a third-party utility that handled the PDF file creation for you. While you can still take that route with Windows 10, it is interesting to note that Microsoft has finally included a built-in ability to create a PDF using any application's Print capabilities.
For instance, if you are using Microsoft Word, you can easily create a PDF of your document by following these steps:
It is just as easy to create PDFs in other applications, as well. For instance, here's how to do so in Notepad:
Figure 1. The Print dialog box.
That's it—the built-in PDF creator is treated like any other printer driver in Windows, and you can use that flexibility to create PDFs from just about anything that can print, all without installing additional software.
Remember that if you later want to print to a regular printer, you should check to make sure that your application is sending output to the appropriate printer driver.
This tip (13443) applies to Windows 10.
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