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How to Print as PDF file on a mac

Print as PDF instead of printer on a mac.One of the great advantages OS X has over other operating systems is that Adobe PDF support is built right into the system, and you do not need additional software. Right out of the box, you can open, preview, and “print” as PDF documents. And unlike Adobe Reader on Windows, it’s viewing PDFs is very fast on a mac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print menu in MS Word, on a mac.Almost every application that supports printing will have a PDF button on the bottom left corner of the printing menu.

  1. Open the File menu and select Print. (Or use the Command + P keyboard shortcut)
  2. PDF button on the bottom left. Click on this button, and select Save As PDF.
  3. Choose where you want to save the PDF, and give it a file name.
  4. Done.

You don’t need to have existing printers set up on your mac, and you don’t need to install special third-party virtual printer drivers. For most people in most situations this PDF support will be sufficient. But you can buy Adobe Acrobat Pro if you need advanced PDF features.

  • Bill

    I have a MacBook Air with OS X 10.8.4 and there isn’t a PDF button as you describe on the print screen. Is there any other way to save a PDF to file so I can email it to someone. Thank you.

    • roman129

      What App are you printing from? I’ve noticed that if I’m printing from Chrome, it will have it’s own separate printing menu.

      The way to print PDF in Chrome is to click on “Print using system dialog” at the bottom of the Chrome print menu. That will bring up the normal printing menu with a PDF button.

  • Bill

    I have a MacBook Air with OS X 10.8.4 and there isn’t a PDF button as you describe on the print screen. Is there any other way to save a PDF to file so I can email it to someone. Thank you.

    • roman129

      What App are you printing from? I’ve noticed that if I’m printing from Chrome, it will have it’s own separate printing menu.

      The way to print PDF in Chrome is to click on “Print using system dialog” at the bottom of the Chrome print menu. That will bring up the normal printing menu with a PDF button.

  • flyover

    I’ve done this several times and it just saves a two blank pages.

    • Muffin

      thats exactly what happened with me ..

  • flyover

    I’ve done this several times and it just saves a two blank pages.

    • Muffin

      thats exactly what happened with me ..

  • JamesBrooksFW

    When printing/saving a PDF from Mac Office Word 2011 (14.2.3) (on MAc OS X 10.7.5) any hyperlink that contains hyphens gets corrupted – the PDF export adds double hyphens and blank space characters that breaks the link.

    In addition, any hyperlink set up in Word using cmd+k and anchor text DOES NOT get exported to the PDF as an active hyperlink.

    All other hyperlinks work as normal.

    Any idea what is causing this?

  • JamesBrooksFW

    When printing/saving a PDF from Mac Office Word 2011 (14.2.3) (on MAc OS X 10.7.5) any hyperlink that contains hyphens gets corrupted – the PDF export adds double hyphens and blank space characters that breaks the link.

    In addition, any hyperlink set up in Word using cmd+k and anchor text DOES NOT get exported to the PDF as an active hyperlink.

    All other hyperlinks work as normal.

    Any idea what is causing this?

  • New to Mac

    When creating a PDF from a Word file in Mac Office Word 2011, it automatically creates a white border around the each page, which compresses the text and makes it basically unreadable. Can I disable this function? I was previously able to create a PDF from the same document on Windows with a document size of approx. 380 kilobytes. Now its about 4.6 megabytes. Can anybody tell me what’s going on?

  • New to Mac

    When creating a PDF from a Word file in Mac Office Word 2011, it automatically creates a white border around the each page, which compresses the text and makes it basically unreadable. Can I disable this function? I was previously able to create a PDF from the same document on Windows with a document size of approx. 380 kilobytes. Now its about 4.6 megabytes. Can anybody tell me what’s going on?

  • Ashoka

    i have a pdf created on mcbook pro…….now i have to see it on windows 7 nd it’s not working…what to do?
    plz help me

  • Ashoka

    i have a pdf created on mcbook pro…….now i have to see it on windows 7 nd it’s not working…what to do?
    plz help me

  • Pat New Mac

    I am a Windows X/P user and trying to switch to my new Mac-I would like to have a Mac virtual PDF printer on my Mac. Where I can select this as a printer and save any files to a PDF file. Any suggestions?

  • Pat New Mac

    I am a Windows X/P user and trying to switch to my new Mac-I would like to have a Mac virtual PDF printer on my Mac. Where I can select this as a printer and save any files to a PDF file. Any suggestions?

  • L&P

    We are a business & receive prints that have comments on the page done after the drawings have been made by the customer on their MAC. When i print the drawings, their comments, arrows etc don’t show on my printed page. Pls help, it’s causing a lot of problems with us pricing jobs.

  • L&P

    We are a business & receive prints that have comments on the page done after the drawings have been made by the customer on their MAC. When i print the drawings, their comments, arrows etc don’t show on my printed page. Pls help, it’s causing a lot of problems with us pricing jobs.

  • tenayaca

    How do I OPEN the pdf to print it. I’m in WORD and it’s grayed out. What do I open it in?

  • tenayaca

    How do I OPEN the pdf to print it. I’m in WORD and it’s grayed out. What do I open it in?

  • Robert C. Mustain

    Sure would like to read the article… Ads with no close boxes right in the middle of the page. Moving on…

  • lynn

    i want to print to pdf from the contact sheet option in iphoto… how is that done?