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How to Print to PDF on Mac [3 Methods]

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. Here is how to Print to PDF on Mac.

Printing to PDF is an easy and effective way to save 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 comes out from a real printer.

How to Print to PDF on Mac

The PDF printer feature is available in any application that 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: The first step of the process is to browse and open the file, document, or webpage that you want to print to a PDF in any Mac application.

Step 2: 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: 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: 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. In that case, click on Print, and then from the new dialog box, you should select the output or delivery method.

Step 5: From the multiple-choice options, you have to select the “Save As PDF” option.

Step 6: 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: 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 the 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.

Just like the Mac Option, you can also find an option to create a PDF in the print menu for any document.

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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:

  1. From the Built-in Printer
  2. Print to PDF on Mac by Creating
  3. By installing other apps on the 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.

Jeh Dixit
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Jeh Dixit, a tech blogger with over six years of experience, is renowned for writing insightful how-to's, error-solving guides, and reviews. Having contributed to major tech sites, his expertise and passion for technology shine through his well-written content on GetThatTech.


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