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How to Create PDF File in Windows 11

One of the most prominent features of Windows is its ability to print documents to PDF. It is a very handy tool given that PDF has become the go-to format for almost all printing needs. The robustness and freedom that pdf format provides is the major reason why even professionals prefer it. Microsoft bet its money on developing XPS as a viable competitor of PDF, even releasing Print to Microsoft XPS as an inbuilt feature of Windows. But unfortunately, XPS never caught on. And eventually, Microsoft switched its ride to PDF and introduced Microsoft Print to PDF feature on the Windows platform. Today, we are going to discuss how to create PDF file in Windows 11.

How to create a PDF file in Windows 11

How to Create PDF File in Windows 11

As previously stated, any document may be printed or created in PDF format using Windows built-in Print to PDF printer. Read the How to add or reinstall Microsoft PDF Printer Driver guide by Microsoft to use the same.

Following are the steps to create PDF file on Windows 11 using Print to PDF feature:

1. Open the Document. Click on File in the menu bar then, select the Print… option as depicted below.

click on File menu and select Print. How to Create PDF File in Windows 11

Note: You can also press Ctrl + P keys simultaneously to open Print window which is supported on the majority of the applications available for Windows OS.

2. In the Print window, select Microsoft Print to PDF under Select Printer section, as illustrated below.

Print dialog box

3. Then, click on the Print button to create PDF file format.

4. Now, select the Directory where you want to save PDF file in the Save Print Output As window.

5. Finally, type File name and then, click on Save, as shown.

Save Print Output as dialog box. How to Create PDF File in Windows 11

6. Press Windows + E keys together to open File Explorer

7. Navigate to the Directory where you saved the PDF file.

Here, you will be able to view, access, edit or share the saved PDF file.


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