Creating and Using PDFs
Why use PDFs?
There are two main reasons to post documents in PDF format. The first reason is
accessibility. A PDF document can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat
Reader, which can be downloaded for free at
Adobe.com. To view a file
saved as .docx, .ppt, .xls, or any other format created with a Microsoft Office
product, the student has to own the Microsoft Office Suite. The other reason to
use PDF format is to prevent students from altering the content of the document
easily. While text can still be copied and pasted into other word processing
programs, the original document cannot be manipulated.
How do I create a PDF file?
Windows Vista/Windows 7:
The most recent version of Microsoft Office Suite now allows documents to be
saved as PDF files from the File --> Save As menu.
Creating a PDF file in Windows XP requires the installation of PDF writer
software. We recommend
but there are many different PDF writers available on the Internet for free
download. Once the software is installed on the computer, it creates a “printer”
used for creating PDF files. Although PDF writer’s vary from one form to the
next, the steps for using them are basically the same. To make a PDF file, open
the document and print it. From the print dialogue box that opens, choose the
PDF writer as the printer, then name the file and print to PDF.
Macintosh OSX has a built in PDF creator found in the Print feature of most
applications. To create a PDF file, open the desired document and choose
File --> Print. In the print dialogue box that opens, click the PDF button
in the bottom left corner. Choose Save As PDF. Name the file and
save it in the desired location.
Watch a video on how to do this.
How can I create a PDF file of a slideshow using the notetaking slide
This short video will show you how to save a
Powerpoint slideshow as a pdf using the notetaking format.
Create a pdf in
notetaking format (Mac Users)