How to make PDFs in OS X

How to make PDFs in OS X
Mac Tip #97/16-April-2003

With Mac OS 9 and earlier you had to buy expensive software to make PDFs. With OS X you can do it for free — it’s built right in to the Operating System.

A PDF is a Portable Document Format file. You need Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader software ( or Mac OS X’s Preview software to open it.

A PDF has the advantage of being easy to print and of keeping all the pictures and text in the right places. This makes it very handy for keeping web pages for later reference. You can also send it to Windows users and it will look just the same for them as it does for you.

To make a PDF from anything on screen (not just a web page) go to the File Menu and choose Print….

Once the Print Dialog box appears click on the Save As PDF… button at the bottom. Now you have to choose where to save the file and give it a name. Then click Save.

That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Your Mac will now create a PDF. Double click the file which is created and you can use Preview or Acrobat Reader to sit back and read it, or go ahead and print it on paper. Email it to friends if you like, or put it on a website….

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