Browsing the Internet you found a very interesting article, would you like to save it as a PDF file 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. All 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, i.e. 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 indications 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. Happy reading and have fun!
Print to PDF on Windows
If you use a Windows PC, there are several software you can rely on, some of which may already be present "standard" in the operating system. For more details, read on.
Windows 10 PDF Printer
It was used Windows 10, I am happy to announce that a virtual PDF printer is already present “standard” on your computer. All you have to do to take advantage of it is open the content you want print to PDF, invoke the print command from the menu of the application in use and select the PDF printer from the window that opens.
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 connected to the page of your interest. Then go to the browser menu, call up the command Print and selects 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.
In the case of Chrome, you have to click on the button (...) located at the top right and select the item Print from the menu that appears. Then you have to press the button Edit ... present in the box that opens, you must select the printer Save as PDF, you have to start the print command by pressing the button Save and finally you have to indicate the folder where to export the output document.
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.
If you are using a version of Windows earlier than Windows 10, you can print your documents in PDF using doPDF: it is a virtual PDF printer that you can use for free for both personal and commercial purposes. To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and click on the item first Download from FileForum located in the right sidebar (under the heading Other leases) and then on the button Download now present on the page that if you press.
When the download is complete, open the doPDF installation package (dopdf-full.exe) and, in the window that appears, first click on the button Install now and then Yes. If you don't want to install the add-in for Microsoft Office, which allows you to speed up access to doPDF from Word, Excel, etc. but it is not essential for exporting documents in PDF, remove the check mark from the item Install add-in for Microsoft Office. When installation is complete, click on Close to conclude the setup.
At this point, to print in PDF with doPDF, all you have to do is open the Web page, document or photo you want to export to PDF, call up the print command and select doPDF from the list of available printers.
Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button Shop by Department to select the folder to export the output file to, put the check mark next to an item between Media, High quality e small size to choose the quality of the document to be obtained (the higher the quality of the document, the greater its weight in terms of MB, remember) and presses the button OK to start creating the document.
Please note: if you are a lover of keyboard shortcuts, you can invoke the print command in the vast majority of applications by pressing the key combination Ctrl + P on your PC keyboard.
Print to PDF on Mac
You have a Poppy? In this case you can count on a PDF printer included “standard” in macOS, the operating system with which your computer is equipped. 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 Print from the menu Fillet 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 select the folder where you want to export the output document. Easier than that ?!
Stampare in PDF in 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 take advantage of the PDF printing functions included "as standard" in Microsoft Office, LibreOffice e OpenOffice (the two free alternatives to Microsoft Office available on Windows, macOS and Linux).
It was used Microsoft Office, you can print in PDF without the aid of external software simply by opening the document you want to convert by clicking on the button Fillet which is at the top 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 eat the option is selected PDF and click on Public to start creating the file.
It was used LibreOffice o 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 Fillet (top left).
In the window that opens, indicate the quality of the output file you want to get (don't go below 80% if you want to get good quality results), specify the resolution you want for the output document (in DPI) and presses the button Export to select the folder in which to save the PDF.
Print in PDF on Android
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 / tablet, then presses onshare icon (or select the item Share from the menu [...] in the case of Chrome) and calls the function of Print give the riquadro che si apre.
At this point, select the option Save to PDF from the menu for selecting printers (top left), press the button PDF located at the top right and select the folder in which to export the output document (e.g. the folder of Download or that of Google Drive).
Print to PDF on IOS
You have a iPhone or iPad? No problem, you can export your documents to PDF using a solution, perhaps a little hidden, but included “as standard” in iOS.
All you have to do is open the content to convert to PDF, click on theshare icon (the upward arrow) and select the command Print from the box that opens. Next, you have to do a two-finger zoom or a deep “tap” (if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch) on the thumbnail of the page to be printed, until it is displayed in full screen.
Finally, press onshare icon which is at the bottom left and choose your preferred destination for the resulting PDF: iBooks, dropbox, iCloud Drive or another app available in the menu that opened.
If for one reason or another you are not satisfied with the print to PDF function present in iOS, you can turn to Workflow: a sort of Automator for iOS that allows you to automate many operations, including the conversion of a Web page, an email or any other printable PDF content. The app, which is owned by Apple, is completely free. The workflow to install for PDF printing is this.