Creating a PDF from any app

You can create a PDF from any file using the built-in functions of OS X.

  1. Open your document and choose Print.
  2. Click the PDF button in the lower left corner of the print window.
  3. Choose Save as PDF and select a destination (such as your desktop). You can attach the PDF to an email. Or select Mail PDF to email it directly in the PDF menu.

Every Mac can read PDF files with the Preview application (part of OS X). Just double-click the PDF and it opens automatically. Adobe Reader is not usually required unless you want to open a PDF with security or form fields. Adobe Reader does not create PDFs.

Read how to read and markup PDFs using the Preview app that comes with every Mac. Also learn how to combine PDFs into one file.

Learn more about graphics & media.

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