Print to PDF

Instead of a physical printer, you can select Adobe PDF in almost any Windows or Mac OS application. Print to PDF creates an electronic copy of your file that you can save to disk.

Note: Printing a file to PDF using the Adobe PDF printer flattens the file.


Ensure that Acrobat is installed on your computer, otherwise, the Adobe PDF printer or the Save As Adobe PDF option won’t appear.

Print to PDF (Windows)

  • Open a file in a Windows application.

  • Choose File > Print.

  • Choose Adobe PDF as the printer in the Print dialog box.

    To customize the Adobe PDF printer setting, click the Properties (or Preferences) button. (In some applications, you may need to click Setup in the Print dialog box to open the list of printers, and then click Properties or Preferences.)

  • Click Print. Type a name for your file, and click Save.

Print to PDF (Mac OS)

The Adobe PDF printer is not available on Mac. However, you can use the Save As Adobe PDF option to print a file to PDF on Mac.

  • Open a file in a Mac OS application.

  • Click the PDF button and choose Save As Adobe PDF.

  • Choose the Adobe PDF Settings and click Continue.

  • Type a name for your file, and click Save.