How to Make a PDF on Your Computer [5 Offline & 3 Online Methods]


Do you know how to make a PDF on your device? In fact, you can do it offline and online, and both are convenient and easy. If you want o create and enjoy this compatible file format with a relatively stable layout, read this guide. It will show you all the details of 8 approaches. Let's get started.

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Part 1. How to Make a File a PDF on Computer Offline

If you want to create PDF files without an internet connection, you can use some professional PDF software or leverage the built-in features of the operating system. Below, we will introduce five commonly used offline methods, namely:

Way 1. How to Make PDF in PDF Creator Pro [Quickest]

Coolmuster PDF Creator Pro is a powerful PDF creation tool. When you want to make a PDF file from the document of other file formats like ePub, CHM, HTML, etc., This PDF Creator Pro software will be your ideal assistant. The content of the document will be retained.

The key features of PDF Creator Pro include:

  • Directly create PDF files from other documents.
  • Support 7 major file formats, including Word, Text, Image, MOBI, ePub, CHM, and HTML.
  • Preserve the original layout and content of the files.
  • Support batch conversion of multiple files to PDF format.
  • Enable you to set the page size and document margins of PDF files.

How to create PDF documents in PDF Creator Pro:

01Download and install PDF Creator Pro, then launch the software.

02Choose the type of conversion you want to perform, click the "Add File" or "Add Folder" button to upload files.

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03Configure the file properties in the right-hand interface, click the "Start" button, and choose the output path.

configure the file properties

04Wait for the conversion to complete, and you can find your PDF file in the specified location.

conversion completes

Way 2. How to Create a PDF Document in PDF Editor

PDF Editor is a comprehensive PDF editing program to create and edit PDF files. With a user-friendly interface, you can easily make your own PDF and edit the content. Also, you can open the current files and save them as PDF. The different features for PDF management like adding watermark, setting backgroung, compressing files, and more, make the tool practical and versatile.

The key features of PDF Editor include:

  • Create PDF files and edit and modify the current PDF without difficulty.
  • Support font formatting, color changes, and adding images or shapes.
  • Convert PDF to various file formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Allow users to convert scanned PDFs or images into editable and searchable text.
  • Password protection is supported to safeguard files.
  • Add comments, annotations, and markup for collaborative processing of PDF documents.
  • Support simultaneous conversion of multiple PDF files, data extraction, and applying edits.

How to generate PDF files in PDF Editor:

01Download and install PDF Editor, then launch the software.

02Open the files you want to convert to PDF in PDF Editor; it will automatically convert the files to PDF format. You can also click the "+" icon next to "Open PDF" > "From File" to open files.

how to make a pdf file with pdf editor

03Click on "File" in the top left corner > "Save As" to save your PDF file.

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04If you need to batch convert files to PDF, you can click on "Batch PDFs" on the software's home page > "Convert" or "Create" to create PDFs in bulk.

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Way 3. How to Create a PDF on Windows

Windows operating system has the natural edges to create PDF files because the Word, Excel, PPT, and image viewer programs can help you convert your file to PDF. But they can only convert one at a time.

The steps for creating PDF files on Windows are as follows, using an image as an example:

1. Open the file you want to convert, for instance, an image. Simultaneously press Ctrl+P (or right-click on the file and select the "Print" option).

2. In the pop-up dialog, choose "Microsoft Print to PDF" as the printer.

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3. Configure the properties of the PDF file, then click the "Print" button.

4. Choose the output path and file name, and click "Save". Then you can find your PDF file in the specified location.

5. You can also use other tools to save files as PDF. For example, in Microsoft Word, open the file, then select "File" > "Save As" > "PDF".

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Way 4. How to Make PDF File on Mac

You can create PDF files on your Mac as well, and the process is similar to the Windows. In this way, you needn't install any software on Mac, but it only allows you to transform one file at once, and you cannot edit your PDF files.

The steps for creating PDF files on Mac are as follows:

1. On your Mac, open the document you want to save as a PDF.

2. Select "File" > "Print".

3. Click the "PDF" button or tap the downward arrow to open the PDF pop-up menu, then choose "Save as PDF".

print as pdf on mac

4. Choose a name and location for the PDF file, and enter the necessary information in the title, author, subject, and keyword fields.

5. To encrypt your document, click "Security Options".

Way 5. How to Make a PDF File in Adobe Acrobat

Making a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat is the conventional wisdom. With this tool, you can create new PDF, edit PDF content, and split and merge PDF without trouble. However, more features than other tools make it popular and expensive.

To create a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat, you can follow these steps:

1. Open Adobe Acrobat and select "Tool" > "Create PDF".

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2. Choose the type of file you want to convert to PDF: "Single File", "Multi Files", "Scanner", or other options.

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3. Click "Create", and then follow the prompts to convert the file to PDF.

4. Next, click "File" > "Save As" to save it to your desired location.

Part 2. How to Create PDF Online

There are now many websites on the market that offer free online services, allowing you to easily make a PDF from various types of files without downloading any software. All you need to do is visit their websites—choose a suitable tool based on your needs—upload the file, configure customizable parameters, and then click "Start"—the PDF can be downloaded afterward.

For such tools, the advantages and disadvantages are quite clear:


  • No need to download additional software.
  • Fast processing speed.
  • Free trials available, and some even support free usage.
  • Most support multiple tasks simultaneously.


  • Not suitable for handling large files due to upload, processing, and download times (transmission speed is also limited by your network conditions).
  • May not be suitable for processing too many files for free users.
  • Not suitable for confidential files.

These tools are well-suited for temporary, small-scale conversion needs. However, when choosing to use these tools, you should also consider your requirements, file size, tool user experience, and your budget. We will discuss these points in the following parts:

Site 1: www.ilovepdf.com


URL: www.ilovepdf.com

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Upload Sources: Local, URL, Dropbox, Google Drive

Free Concurrent Tasks: 25

Free Maximum Number of Uploaded Files: 25 for registered users

Free Maximum File Size for Processing: 200MB


  • Premium: $4/month (billed annually) or $7/month

Site 2: tools.pdf24.org


URL: tools.pdf24.org/en/create-pdf

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Upload Sources: Local, URL, Dropbox, Google Drive

Free Concurrent Tasks: 10

Free Maximum Number of Uploaded Files: Unlimited

Free Maximum File Size for Processing: 100MB/file

Price: Free

Site 3: smallpdf.com


URL: smallpdf.com/pdf-converter

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Upload Sources: Local, Dropbox, Google Drive, Smallpdf Account

Free Concurrent Tasks: 2/hour

Free Maximum Number of Uploaded Files: 20/day

Free Maximum File Size for Processing: 5GB/file


  • Pro: $9/month (billed annually) or $12/month
  • Team: $7/month (billed annually) or $10/month

Summing Up

If you like to use PDF to create and edit your documents, you will find the guide helpful because you can get functional tool and methods to make PDF with ease. As you want to convert files to PDF, Coolmuster PDF Creator Pro can do it efficiently. You can use it to make PDF much faster. Anyway, whether you want to create new PDF directly or convert other files to PDF, you now get the ways.

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