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Acrobat 101:   Creating PDF Files

Create a PDF file from an existing document

You probably already know how to print documents from your computer, right? Great. Then you also know how to create a PDF file. That includes documents you created in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, or Excel, image files like JPEG or TIFF, even Photoshop files. Now that you have Acrobat, there are quite a few ways to create PDF files from these kinds of documents; for now, let’s start with the most basic.

Note: If you need a file to practice converting to PDF, here’s a Microsoft Word file you can download and use.

  1. With Acrobat open, click on the “File” menu.
  2. Hover over “Create”, and in the fly-out menu choose “PDF From File…”
  3. Acrobat will ask you to find the file on your computer that you want to convert to PDF.
  4. Click “Open”.

Your new PDF file will open up in Acrobat as soon as it’s done converting.