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How to print to PDF: Browsing the Internet you have found a very interesting article, you would like to save it in the form of a file PDF to be able to read it offline on your tablet, but you don’t know which program to turn to? Have you written a document in Word, would you like to export it to PDF instead of DOC or DOCX but you don’t know how to do it? Do not worry. What you need is a virtual PDF printer and I’m here today to tell you how (and where) to get it.

By installing a virtual PDF printer, you can take any printable document, be it a web page, a photo, a Word document or any other type of file, and turn it into a PDF document in just a few clicks. The output document, that is the PDF you will get, will be compatible with all PDF readers and with all devices capable of reading files of this type, therefore computers, tablets, smartphones and so on.

What else are you waiting for? Come on, take five minutes of free time and find out how to print to PDF thanks to the information I’m about to give you. I assure you that regardless of the browser, the word processor and the operating system you use, you will succeed in the enterprise in such a simple way that you will be surprised. Enjoy your reading and have fun!

Print to PDF on Windows

If you use a PC with Windowsthere are several tools you can rely on for print to PDF, some of which may already be present “standard” in the operating system. For more details, read on.

Windows 10 and later PDF printer

If you use Windows 10 and laterI am happy to announce that a virtual PDF printer is already present on your computer.

All you have to do to take advantage of it is to open the content you want to print in PDF, invoke the print command from the menu of the application in use and select the PDF printer from the window that opens. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can also invoke the print command using the hotkey Ctrl + P.

Let’s take a practical example immediately: if you want to transform one of my tutorials into PDF, open the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (eg. Chrome) and linked to the page of your interest. Then go to the browser menu, call up the command Press and select the PDF printer from the list of available printers. The PDF printer, depending on the application in use, may be called Microsoft Print to PDF or simply Save as PDF.

If you want, before starting the creation of your file in PDF format, you can customize the appearance of the document by adjusting margins, pagination etc. just as if it were a document to be printed.

doPDF

DoPDF

If you use a Windows version earlier than Windows 10 or in any case as an alternative to the default solution of the operating system, you can print your documents in PDF using doPDF– This is one of the best free third-party virtual PDF printers currently out there.

To download the program to your computer, connect to official website of the program and click on the button DoPDF Free Download.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file of doPDF and, in the window that appears on the desktop, remove the check mark next to the item Install add-in for Microsoft Office (it’s an extra function you don’t need) and click on the button first Install now and then on those Yup And Launch and visit the siteto conclude the setup.

At this point, all you have to do is open the file to be transformed into PDF (e.g. a Word document or a Web page) and recall the print command from the menu File of the program you are using. In the window that opens, select DoPDF from the list of available printers and click on the button Press.

Then press the button Browseselect the path to save the PDF and click on the button OK to start creating the document. If you deem it necessary, you can also adjust the quality of the final file by selecting one of the options available under the heading PDF options.

Print to PDF on Mac

Mac PDF virtual printer

You have a Mac? Even in this case, you can print to PDF by turning to the “standard” tool included in macOS. I’ll explain immediately how to use it, it’s child’s play.

To take advantage of it, all you have to do is open the document, photo or Web page you want to turn into PDF and invoke the command Press from the menu File which is located at the top left. Alternatively, if you are a lover of keyboard shortcuts and want to do it first, you can press the key combination cmd + p on your computer keyboard.

In the window that opens, expand the drop-down menu PDF located at the bottom left, select the item Save as PDF from the latter and indicate the folder where you want to export the output document. Easier than that ?!

Print to PDF with Office / LibreOffice / OpenOffice

If you want to obtain a PDF file starting from a Word document, an Excel sheet or a PowerPoint presentation, you can use the PDF printing functions included “as standard” in Microsoft Office, LibreOffice And OpenOffice (the two free alternatives to Microsoft Office available on Windows, macOS and Linux).

Microsoft Office

How to print to PDF

If you use Microsoft Officeyou can print in PDF without the aid of external software, simply by opening the document you want to convert, by clicking on the button File which is in the upper left, going up Export in the left sidebar and pressing the button Create PDF / XPS.

In the window that opens, choose the folder in which to export the PDF, make sure that in the drop-down menu Save as the option is selected PDF and click on Publish to start creating the file.

LibreOffice / OpenOffice

LibreOffice

If you use LibreOffice or OpenOffice (which share part of the source code, so they are very similar in practical use), you can export a document to PDF simply by opening it and selecting the item Export to PDF format found in the menu File top left.

In the window that opens, indicate the quality of the output file you intend to obtain (do not go below 80% if you want to get good quality results), specify the resolution you want for the output document (in DPI) and press the button Export to select the folder in which to save the PDF.

Print to PDF on Android

How to print to PDF

Also Android includes a virtual printer that allows you to export any printable content to PDF.

To use it, open the web page, photo or document you want to convert to PDF on your smartphone or tablet, then press on theshare icon (or select the item Share from the ⋮ menu in the case of Chrome) and calls up the function Press from the box that opens.

At this point, select the option Save to PDF from the printer selection menu at the top, click on the button PDF located on the right and select the folder in which to export the output document (e.g. the Download or that of Google Drive

Print to PDF on iPhone and iPad

IPhone virtual printer

You have a iPhone or a iPad? No problem, you can export your documents to PDF using a solution, perhaps a little hidden, but still included “as standard” in iOS / iPadOS.

All you have to do is open the content to convert to PDF, click on theshare icon (the one with the square with the arrow going up) and select the command Press from the box that opens.

Next, you have to do a two-finger zoom on the thumbnail of the page to be printed, until it is displayed in full screen and decide in which app you want to save your document in PDF format.