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Mac Tip - How to Create PDF Files in OS X

Updated on May 30, 2010

The Portable Document Format (PDF) file format was created by Adobe to be compatible with all hardware and operating systems (OS). Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to display PDF files. Acrobat Reader is offered as a free download from Adobe.

Mac OS X includes a feature that allows you to ‘print’ a file to PDF. Regardless of the application you are in, you can create a PDF file simply by ‘printing’ it.

  • Choose File-Print.
  • Select your print options (such as which pages to print)
  • In the print window, click PDF (lower left corner)
  • Select Save As PDF
  • Type the name of your PDF file
  • Select the location where you want to save the file.
  • Click Save

That’s it! You’re done.

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