To save a Microsoft Word document as a PDF file, you will need PDF-writer software installed on your computer. Example applications include Acrobat, PDFWriter, Acrobat Distiller by Adobe, or any of several other similar products, including Pdf995, Click to Convert, deskPDF, and RoboPDF. AFRRI mentions these PDF-generation applications solely for the convenience of users and has not tested and does not endorse the use of any particular software products.
To check whether you have PDF-writer software already installed on your computer, from within a Microsoft Word document, look at your list of available printers. If a PDF writer is shown on the list, you can make PDF documents of your Word files. Print the opened Word file to the PDF writer, which will show in your computer’s list of available printers as, for example, “Adobe PDF.” For additional instructions regarding use of PDF documents, please see How to Save a Windows Document in PDF (Acrobat) Format. For a tutorial on how to make your PDF files smaller (i.e., to send as e-mail attachments), please read Reduce PDF File Size.