Word Document Transfer Advice Needed!
June 16, 2009 11:27 AM   Subscribe

How do I transfer a word document to a jpg, gif, or pdf file?

I need to send document online to an organization that will only accept these files.
posted by goalyeehah to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
In the dim distant past I've used pdf 995. It works by pretending to be a printer in Word.
posted by twine42 at 11:30 AM on June 16, 2009


You can download and install pdfcreator

Then you go to 'print', and choose 'pdf creator' . It will save your document in any of the formats that you mention.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 11:32 AM on June 16, 2009


Open the Word document on a Macintosh. Choose Print... under the File menu. In the ensuing dialog box, there is a button labeled PDF, with a down arrow. Click that, and from the menu that pops up, select Save as PDF... and give your document a name. Voila.
posted by Capri at 11:37 AM on June 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


On a Mac you just print as a PDF, it's part of the OS.
posted by HuronBob at 11:37 AM on June 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


If the document is short enough that you can see it all at once on your monitor, you could just take a screen shot (Alt+PrintScreen) and paste it into any image software, like Paint. Then you can save it as .jpg or .gif.

Even if it is more than one page, you could do that a few times to get it all in one file. But if the document is more than 3-4 pages, it'll probably become tedious.
posted by soelo at 11:40 AM on June 16, 2009


If you have Open Office Writer, you can open up the word document in that program, and there is an option to export it as a PDF. You may need to re-format the document a bit because although Open Office can open Word documents, the formatting usually is slightly different.
posted by Lobster Garden at 11:40 AM on June 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


In Word 2007 you can use this add-in from Microsoft to save the entire document as a .pdf file.
posted by Blacksun at 11:53 AM on June 16, 2009


I'd like to second pdf 995. It's incredibly easy to install and use.
posted by originalname37 at 11:54 AM on June 16, 2009


http://www.zamzar.com
posted by zavulon at 12:09 PM on June 16, 2009


I prefer PDFCreator. I would use it all day long over PDF995 because the former is open source and the latter opens an advertisement in your browser ever time you use it.
posted by Liver at 12:20 PM on June 16, 2009


If you don't need pdfs very often, acrobat.com will let you convert 5 files for free.
posted by betweenthebars at 12:24 PM on June 16, 2009


Seconding the add-in that Blacksun links to - I was working with an unusual-paper-size document in Publisher, and my usual PDF printing stuff gave me a lot of trouble, while the Microsoft plugin did what I was looking for pretty easily.
posted by Mike1024 at 12:26 PM on June 16, 2009


You could also load your doc into Powerpoint and then export that slide as a jpg. I just did that for something I was working on yesterday and it worked rather well.
posted by anansi at 12:26 PM on June 16, 2009


PrimoPDF is free and very easy to use.
posted by Kattiara17 at 12:42 PM on June 16, 2009


If the document is short enough that you can see it all at once on your monitor, you could just take a screen shot (Alt+PrintScreen) and paste it into any image software, like Paint. Then you can save it as .jpg or .gif.

Even if it is more than one page, you could do that a few times to get it all in one file. But if the document is more than 3-4 pages, it'll probably become tedious.
posted by soelo at 11:40 AM on June 1


Also, the print quality will be total crap. This is probably not what the people you're sending to want.

If none of the other (much better) advice in this thread works out for you, you can also use PDFOnline.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 1:03 PM on June 16, 2009


Cute PDF is awesome, I use it constantly.
posted by sully75 at 2:43 PM on June 16, 2009


Yeah... this will be one of those times when knowing what operating system you are using would have helped...
posted by twine42 at 3:16 PM on June 16, 2009


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