To create a PDF usually paid solutions are used for professional use such as programs offered by Adobe; these software allow you to create new PDF files from scratch or convert existing documents, but to use them you need to pay a very high amount (at least for household budgets).
If we do not have a company but still want to create PDF files we can focus on one of the many free solutions on the Internet, which allow you to create PDF files online for free without even downloading programs to your PC (therefore usable even if we have a Mac or if we have a PC with GNU / Linux installed).
In this guide we will show you the best sites to create PDF files online for free starting from documents already created (for example on Office); obtaining PDFs will be very simple and inexpensive.
How to create PDF files online for free
Assuming that the initial document will be created with a suite of office programs such as Microsoft Office or LibreOffice (the latter recommended because it is free), below we will find all the sites that allow you to convert any type of document file into PDF, in a manner fast and free.
We will then be able to download the PDF document either via a web browser (direct download after conversion) or send the file by e-mail to our email address or any other address.
Among the best sites that we can try to create PDF files online for free, Smallpdf certainly stands out, reachable at the link here -> Smallpdf.
Using this site is really very simple: click on the word Choose file to open the file manager of your operating system and select the document file to convert; alternatively we can simply drag the file from its position on the PC into the Drop file here window, so as to automatically upload it, or upload a file present on the cloud services Google Drive and Dropbox by clicking on the respective icons present at the bottom right of the red box .
Whichever way you choose, the site will show you the converted PDF file and offer you the option to download it right away as soon as the conversion is finished.
Another site that we can use to convert office documents to PDF directly online is Zamzar, reachable at the link here -> Zamzar.
To use this site, simply click on the Choose File item (the file manager will open with which to select the document to convert) or directly drag the file into the box Step 1, choose in the Step 2 the PDF file format, enter a valid email address to send the PDF document created in Step 3 and finally click on the button Convert to start the conversion process.
After a few minutes we will have the document converted to PDF directly via email, available in attachment.
If we are looking for a quick and easy site to create free online PDF files in quantity, we recommend trying ToDPF, reachable from here -> ToPDF.
To convert the documents created with the office suites, all we have to do is click on Upload File to open the manager and select one or more files to convert; alternatively it is always possible to drag and drop files into the box, so as to load them automatically.
The conversion process will start automatically and, after a few seconds, you can download the converted PDF files easily by clicking on them individually or downloading them all together (if we have uploaded multiple files) by clicking on the button Download everything.
Another site we can use to create PDFs online for free is PDFOnline, available here -> PDFOnline.
We can upload any file created with Office to the site using the key Upload a file to Convert.
Once the file to be converted has been uploaded, all that remains is to wait for the conversion process, so that we can download the finished PDF using the browser with which we uploaded the file.
Another very effective online converter is available on the PDF24 website, reachable at the link here -> PDF24.
This site supports many ways to insert the file to convert: we can upload the file from the PC using the buttons Choose the file or Choose File, enter a URL that contains the file to convert or the web page to be printed in PDF or directly enter the text with which you want to fill the PDF to be created.
Once you have chosen the method that suits your needs, just click on Go to start uploading and converting the file, URL or text provided into a PDF file.
How to create PDF files online using extensions
Another even faster way to create PDF files online for free is to take advantage of the extensions available for browsers, so as to create PDFs of our favorite web pages without having to print them first or bring them back to your PC.
The best extension we can try for Google Chrome is Print Friendly & PDF, downloadable for the browser from here -> Print Friendly & PDF.
Once installed we will have a convenient button at the top right that we can use to create a PDF of our favorite Web pages by customizing the text, choosing whether or not to insert images, remove unnecessary graphic components and whether to optimize the creation process by compacting the page in a limited number of sheets.
Once you have customized the print page just click on PDF to download the PDF document to the PC disk.
If instead we use Mozilla Firefox we can install the Save To PDF extension, available here -> Page To PDF.
By clicking on the icon at the top right we will be able to save the web page in PDF choosing which features of the same to save in the document, customizing the style of the text and the graphic additions to keep.
To save the web page as a PDF, simply click on Save as PDF.
If we want to test other useful extensions for the Google Chrome web browser, we recommend reading the following guide.
Sites to create PDFs for free