Chapter 2. Creating PDF Files

In This Chapter

  • Creating PDF files from Microsoft Office documents

  • Creating PDF files from Creative Suite applications

  • Creating PDF files from all other electronic formats

  • Creating PDF files from the Web and paper documents

Converting documents to the Portable Document Format (PDF) is a great way to share files when readers don't have the same software as you or when you want to consolidate multiple file types together into a single document. Adobe Acrobat lets you create files from all software programs and scanned documents and even pages from the Web. Although you can also create PDF files from Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) documents, you don't need Acrobat for this because the ability to create PDF files is built into the individual Creative Suite programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In this chapter, you find out how to create Adobe PDF files from a variety of programs.

Creating PDF Files from Microsoft Office

Adobe Acrobat includes tools that make it easy to convert Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to PDF.


These capabilities are much more robust for the Windows versions of these programs, so Macintosh users may discover that not all these options are available.

When you install Acrobat on your computer, it looks for Microsoft Office programs. If Acrobat locates Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook, it installs an add-in — the PDF Maker — to these programs that helps convert Microsoft Office documents to PDF in a single ...

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