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Free PDFs with Windows

by Wendy J. Woudstra   

 
 


Every now and then, I get a flurry of emails from people asking how they can inexpensively create PDF files without purchasing the full version of Adobe Acrobat.

While I do own a copy of Acrobat, I know that for many people, the price of the package is prohibitively expensive especially for people who only need to create a few files a year.

There is a simple way, however, to create PDF files from almost any program on your Windows machine. If you can print it, you should be able to PDF it using this method

1)      Install a PostScript printer driver.

Most personal printers are not PostScript printers, so unless you're sure that your printer is Postscript compatible, you'll need to install a new printer driver. Please note that you don't actually need to own the printer, you just need to make Windows believe you do.

Go to the Control Panel menu (from either the My Computer icon on your desktop, or the Settings item in your Start Menu) and choose Printers.

Click on Add Printer, and select a PostScript printer.═ I chose the Apple LaserWriter Pro. There are a wide variety of Postscript printers available in the menu, but this one is near the top, and I know it works well for black and white PDFs. If you want your file to convert in color, you'll need to choose a color Postscript printer (like one of Apple's Color LaserWriter series).

Make your selection, and proceed. You may need to use your Windows installation disk to finish installing the driver. When prompted to print a test page, decline.
2)      Print your document to a file.

Open the program and document you need to convert to PDF, and select the Print option from the File menu.

From the selection box that opens, choose your new PostScript printer, and click the box ═that indicates you wish to Print to File.
Click OK to save the file. Be sure to name it with a .ps extension filename.ps for example. Your computer may wish to save it with a .prn extension, but you should override that setting for the conversion.

by Wendy Woudstra