Instead of a physical printer, you can select Adobe PDF in almost any Windows or Mac OS application. Print to PDF creates an electronic copy of your file that you can save to disk.

Note: Printing a file to PDF using the Adobe PDF printer flattens the file.

Note:

Ensure that Acrobat is installed on your computer, otherwise, the Adobe PDF printer or the Save As Adobe PDF option won't appear.

Video tutorial: Print to PDF

Watch this video tutorial to use the Adobe PDF Printer to create PDFs from almost any application.

Video (03:34) | Contributers: lynda.com, Claudia McCue

Print to PDF (Windows)

  1. Open a file in a Windows application.

  2. Choose File > Print.

  3. Choose Adobe PDF as the printer in the Print dialog box.

    To customize the Adobe PDF printer setting, click the Properties (or Preferences) button. (In some applications, you may need to click Setup in the Print dialog box to open the list of printers, and then click Properties or Preferences.)

  4. Click Print. Type a name for your file, and click Save.

For more information on Adobe PDF printer settings, see Using the Adobe PDF printer.

Print to PDF (Mac OS)

The Adobe PDF printer is not available on Mac. However, you can use the Save As Adobe PDF option to print a file to PDF on Mac.

Note:

In macOS Mojave (v10.14), when you try to print a document to PDF using the System Print Dialog > Save As Adobe PDF, the following error message is displayed: "This workflow contains the action Save As Adobe PDF, which is provided by a third party. Third party actions must be explicitly enabled."

To resolve this error, see Error in saving as Adobe PDF | macOS Mojave 10.14.

  1. Open a file in a Mac OS application.

  2. Click the PDF button and choose Save As Adobe PDF.

  3. Choose the Adobe PDF Settings and click Continue.

  4. Type a name for your file, and click Save.

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