Although Windows has been known to have some issues when it comes to translating information into PDFs on previous versions of the software, it seems like most problems are now solved. Microsoft has finally simplified the matter in Windows 10, by adding a built-in ‘Print to PDF’ option into the operating system.
This means that any content that could normally be printed, such as text files and web pages, can now be converted into PDF files in just a couple of simple clicks. Here’s how:
Enabling the ‘Print to PDF’ feature
In order to be able to find the ‘Print to PDF’ option, you will first need to ensure the feature is enabled on your computer. Here’s how you can do that:
- Open the Start menu, and type ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ into the search bar.
- Check the box located next to the Microsoft Print to PDF feature.
- Then, simply click the OK box to apply changes.
- Finally, restart your computer.
Using the ‘Print to PDF’ feature
If the ‘Print to PDF’ feature was already enabled on your computer, or you just enabled it using the instructions above, you can now start to utilize this helpful option by following the steps below:
- Go to print your file as you normally would (usually File > Print).
- Under Printer or Destination, choose Print as a PDF.
- Click Print. A pop-up window will now appear, where you can name your new PDF file.
- After you’ve named the file, simply click Save, and the file will be saved as a PDF on your computer.
Remember, the ‘Print to PDF’ feature allows you to save a PDF file in any program or app that allows for printing, using the same method as described above.
It’s also worth mentioning that the ‘Print to PDF’ option is different from ‘Save as PDF’, as it only saves the information that you would normally see on a printed page. This means that any metadata, such as bookmarks and links, won’t be translated, and won’t be visible in the “printed” PDF file.
However, if that is exactly the solution you are looking for, Windows 10 now allows you to effortlessly print files to PDFs with its handy native feature.