How to convert DOC files to PDF

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How to convert DOC files to PDF for free

If you have the need to convert DOC files to PDF da computer, you can use the special tools for Windows, MacOS e Linux that you find indicated below. They are almost all free and sufficiently intuitive.


Word (Windows / macOS)

Before talking to you about which free tools you can use to convert your DOC files to PDF, it should be noted that Word, the famous word processing program part of Microsoft's Office package, includes an ad hoc function thanks to which it is possible to convert documents into PDF.


To use it, all you have to do is open the file to convert, click on the item Fillet located at the top left, select the option Export from the sidebar, press the button Create PDF / XPS, indicate the name you wish to assign to the final document, specify the location for saving and click on the button Public.

If you want to obtain a PDF of compact size (the visual quality of the file will however be lower than the standard quality), also remember to tick the option Minimum dimensions, located at the bottom right of the document saving window. For more details about it, I recommend reading my tutorial on how to create PDF from Word.

Windows 10 virtual printer

Let's move on to the free tools now. You probably didn't know, but Windows 10, the latest operating system from the Redmond company, includes a "standard" virtual printer which can be really useful to perform the operation object of this tutorial.



Don't know what a virtual printer is? No problem, I'll explain it to you: it is a software tool that allows you to convert any printable document into a PDF file, acting in a manner almost similar to what should be done to print everything on paper.

That said, to take advantage of the Windows 10 virtual printer, open the DOC file you intend to convert to PDF (using the program that you typically use to do this, eg. WordPad for text files), calls the print command (usually accessible from the menu Fillet), select the voice Microsoft Print to PDF or that one Save as PDF from the list of available printers and press on button to proceed with printing, in order to save the converted file on the PC. Easier than that?

MacOS virtual printer

Like Windows 10, too MacOS integrates one virtual printer which allows you to convert DOC files (and any other printable document) to PDF in a matter of clicks. It is available on all versions of the Apple computer operating system and its use is very simple.

To use it, open the Word document you intend to convert using the program that you usually use for this type of file (eg. Pages), calls the command Print from the menu Fillet located at the top left and, on the next screen, select the item Save as PDF from the drop-down menu at the bottom.


In the new window that you now see, type the name you want to assign to the file (in the Save as), select the location on your Mac to store the document, using the menu located in, customize (if you deem it appropriate) the property of the document (title, author and subject) and click on the button Save.


If you are interested in this, I would also like to point out that, before saving your document in PDF, you can also choose to apply a password to protect it from changes and from printing: to do so, click on the button Security options and fill in the appropriate fields that are shown to you.

LibreOffice (Windows / macOS / Linux)

Another great resource you can rely on for converting DOC files to PDF is LibreOffice. In case you have never heard of it, this is an open source productivity suite, totally free and compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, loudly considered as the best alternative to Microsoft's office.

To download it to your PC, visit the LibreOffice website and click on the button Scaricate la versione xxx.

Download completed if you are using Windows, april il .msi files ottenuto e, nella finestra che ti comes to show sullo schermo, fai clic sul sul pulsado Run. Click Quindi Sul Pulsating NEXT, select the option Typical and conclude the setup by pressing the buttons NEXT, Install, Yes e end.


If you are employing MacOSapri invece il package .dmg scaricato, trascina l 'LibreOffice icon in the folder Applications, right click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears. Then click on the button apri in response to the warning on the screen, start LibreOffice going to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on applications that come from non-certified developers (operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

At this point, still on macOS, go again to the LibreOffice website and download the cittàn translation of the suite (on Windows it is already included), by clicking on the button Translated user interface. When the download is complete, close LibreOffice (by pressing the key combination cmd + q), open the new one package .dmg got it, right click onLibreOffice Language Pack executable placed inside it, select the item apri from the menu that appears and press the buttons apri e Install.


Select by voice /Applications/LibreOffice.app from the window that is shown to you and click on the button Install. If a warning appears regarding i permits, award-winning Yes, identify me, enter the Password Mac (that of your user account) and click the button OK twice.

Now, regardless of the OS you are using, start LibreOffice using the collegamento added to Start menu (on Windows) or by clicking onprogram icon in Launchpad (on macOS), click the button Open file present in the window that is shown to you on the desktop and select the document in DOC format in relation to which you are interested in intervening.

Then click on the item Fillet (top left) in the new window that appears and choose the options Export as ed Export to PDF format. Finally, configure the parameters to save the document in PDF (the quality of any images present, the use of a password to open the file, etc.) and press the buttons Export e Save.

How to convert DOC files to PDF online

There are also several online services which you can use to convert DOC files to PDF by acting directly from the browser window (so without having to download anything to your computer). All you need is an Internet connection and that's it. If you are interested in this, read on: you will find listed below what I believe are the best tools in the category.

CloudConvert

Let's start with CloudConvert: a “universal” Web service capable of converting PDF documents, Word files, but also videos, images, music, eBooks and all documents created with Microsoft Office or LibreOffice between them. It is very fast in processing data and has no annoying upload limits. It also allows you to work on multiple files at the same time and merge the pages of two or more Word files into a single PDF.

It's free, but can be used for up to 10 minutes of conversions per day. To bring this limit to 25 minutes, just create a free account. Alternatively, it is possible to expand it to 500 minutes (or even more) by subscribing to one of the subscription plans (with costs starting from 8,54 euros / month). It should also be noted that all files uploaded to the service are removed from the latter's servers within a few hours.

To personally test the potential of CloudConvert, connected to the main page of the service, click on the button Select files and select the DOC documents to be transformed into PDF. Alternatively, drag the files of your interest directly into the browser window or download them from the Internet, providing the URL or connecting to your cloud storage services (Google Drive, Dropbox etc.), by clicking on the arrow next to the middle button and choosing the option you prefer from the menu that opens.

Once uploaded, click on the button Start Conversion located at the bottom, wait for the files to be converted and download the final PDF by clicking on the button Download.

If, before starting the conversion procedure, you want to change the settings of the final documents, click on the button with the wrench that you find next to the name of each file and adjust the parameters related to optimization, protection, etc. via the screen that is shown to you. Then click on the button Okay, to apply the changes.

If you want to merge multiple DOC files into a single PDF document, always before starting the conversion, expand the drop-down menu combine all into one che si trova in basso a destra e seleciona la voce PDF from the latter. If you want to download all the converted files in a single compressed archive, instead, click on the button create archive and select the format you prefer from the menu that appears.

Online2PDF

Online2PDF is a great web service dedicated solely to editing and converting PDF documents. You can use it to convert DOC files to PDF and merge two or more Word documents into a single PDF file - all free, but with upload restrictions. The service, in fact, does not allow to process more than 20 documents at the same time and has an overall upload limit of 100 MB. Note that the data uploaded to the servers is removed after processing.

That said, to transform your DOC files into PDF with Online2PDF, linked to the home page of the service, click on the button Select files and select the documents to be processed. Alternatively, drag and drop files directly into the browser window.

Next, expand the drop-down menu modality which is located at the bottom and choose whether to create a single PDF by selecting the item Merge files, or whether to convert Word files separately, by selecting the item Convert files separately.

Therefore, choose the conversion mode you prefer from the drop-down menu convert to and adjust (if you deem it necessary) the settings relating to compression, display, protection, header and footer and layout, by clicking on the dedicated buttons that you find in correspondence with the wording Pref Renze. Furthermore, I inform you that, by clicking on the button with the scissors placed next to each file, you can select the pages that make up the document, reorder and / or divide them.

Finally, click on the button Converted located at the bottom of the page and wait for your documents to be first converted and then downloaded to your PC: everything happens automatically.

DocsPal

DocsPal is another "universal" converter that, if I were you, I would always keep in bookmarks. However, it has quite stringent limits for uploading: it allows you to upload a maximum of 5 files for a total weight of 50 MB, but it performs its duty very well. It should be noted that, during the conversion, the files are uploaded to the company's servers but that, once the procedure is completed, they are automatically deleted.

To use the service, connected to its main page, click on the button Browse the file and select the DOC files to be processed, one at a time. Alternatively, drag and drop documents directly into the browser window. If the document to be converted is online, however, you can type the URL in the field next to the item Enter the URL of the file.

Then select the option PDF - Portable Document Format from the second drop-down menu that you find in correspondence with the section Step 2 and click on the button Convert files placed at the bottom. Once the procedure is complete, click on the name of the file that appears under the heading Converted files, to proceed with its download.

I also point out that you can receive the converted file via email. If this interests you, before starting the conversion, check the box Send a download link to my email address (optional) and enter your e-mail address in the dedicated field.

How to convert DOC files to PDF on Android and iOS

You don't have a computer at hand and are looking for apps for Android e iOS that allow you to convert DOC files to PDF? I'll settle you immediately. Below, in fact, I have proceeded to point out some applications part of the category that you would really do well to consider.

Word to PDF Converter (Android)

Stai using a smartphone or tablet Android, I inform you that the app Word to PDF Converter it is undoubtedly the solution for you: it is, in fact, a free resource (with advertisements), easy to use, which allows you to convert DOC to PDF (and vice versa) in a practical and fast way.

In order to download your device, visit the relative Play Store section and press the button Install. In segito, avvia l'app, premendo sul bottone apri comparso sul display oppure selecting the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.

At this point, allow the app i permits needed to access photos, multimedia content and files on the device, then tap the button Choose file and select il DOC document which is on your device and which you want to transform.

Next, tap on the button Convert Now!, wait for the conversion to start and complete and press on file name che trovi sotto the dicitura Output File (s), to indicate the location or app to save the final document.

easyPDF (iOS)

A device is possible iOS, I recommend you take advantage of the app easyPDF, which allows you to perform a single operation but to do it in the best possible way: convert DOC files to PDF, and vice versa. It's free and super easy to use.

To download the app, visit the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Ottieni / Installa and authorizes the download of the application via Face ID, touch ID or entering the Password Apple ID. Then, start easyPDF by tapping the button apri comparso sul display oppure selecting the relative icon on the home screen.

Once the main screen of the app is displayed, tap on the wording Skip at the bottom right, to skip the introductory tutorial, click on the button [+] located at the top left, choose the option Shop by Department from the menu that is shown to you and select the DOC file.

Finally, click on the item Convert located at the top right of the display, select the option Convert to PDF from the menu and waits for the procedure to be completed. Then tap onsharing icon (Quella with the square and the arrow) and indicate the location or app to export the PDF to.

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