Sometimes you have to print a document, but you don’t have a printer available at that moment. In such a case, you can print to a PDF file. And MacOS offers various options to print to PDF.
Printing to PDF is an easy and effective way for saving information in its original layout. Although you are not physically printing anything, Printing to PDF saves a file and shows how it will look when it will come out from a real printer.
The PDF printer feature is available in any application which allows printing, like Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Word, etc.
How to Print to PDF on Mac
In this article, we’ll look at different ways and tools by which you can easily print your PDF files on your Mac Computer.
Method 1: From the Built-in Printer
Step 1 – Open the file
The first step of the process is to browse and open the file, document, or webpage which you want to print to a PDF in any Mac application.
Step 2 – Select the ‘Print’ option
Next, go to the file menu at the top of the page, and then select the ‘Print’ option.
Or, you can also just press “Command + P” to directly open the print window.
Step 3 – Click on the PDF option
Then from the Print Menu, search and click on the PDF option which is present in the lower left corner of the screen.
Step 4 – Click on the Drop-down
Next, you have to click on the drop-down menu which is on the lower left of the screen. This will show multiple-choice options like emailing your PDF.
But remember that a few applications, such as Numbers, might not include this drop-down menu. And in that case, click on Print, and then from the new dialog box, you should select the output or delivery method.
Step 5 – Click Save as PDF
From the multiple-choice options, you have to select the “Save As PDF” option.
Step 6 – Click on Save
And then the Save dialog box appears on your screen, from which you can give a name to your PDF file and next click on the Save button.
Step 7- Select a location
Finally, you have to select the file location where you desire to store your PDF file.
After this, the conversion process will keep going.
If you have a larger file then it might take some more time, and you can keep an eye on the process through the progress bar.
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Method 2: Print to PDF on Mac by Creating
First, go to the “File” menu and then choose the “New” option. Here you will see various options, which are as follows:
- Create PDF from File – you can create a PDF from a file on your computer.
- Create PDF from Window Capture- you can also generate a PDF from the window that you have opened on your Mac.
- Create PDF from Screen Capture – you can also create a PDF file from a screen capture of your Mac computer screen.
- Create PDF from Selection Capture – you can make a PDF by choosing an area of your Mac desktop for capturing.
- Blank Document – you can make a blank PDF file by using this option.
Method 3: Install other Apps and use the Print Menu on Mac
Some apps like Apple’s Preview, Adobe Acrobat Pro, PDF element Pro, etc., can be installed on their Mac Computer from the app store for such purposes and the users can treat any of these apps as a printer.
And just like the Mac Option, you can also find an option to create a PDF in the print menu for any document.
PDF files are known for their versatility, as many people keep their documents in PDF format. Mac allows you to print PDFs by keeping the documents in their original format and they can be shared across various platforms.
In these 3 simple to follow methods, you can set your PDF:
- From the Built-in Printer
- Print to PDF on Mac by Creating
- By installing other apps on Mac
By following any of the above methods, you can also save other types of files such as JPEG, Word, etc. to PDF, and also share your files more effectively and effortlessly than ever.