How to make a PDF from a document

Adobe Acrobat 

Adobe Acrobat is the most well known program for creation and processing PDF files. If you do not have the full version of Adobe Acrobat installed, you can use it from the UiO Program Kiosk. At the UiO Program Kiosk ( for Windows users, for Mac users), all employees, staff and students can log in and use Adobe Acrobat. To use the Program Kiosk, you'll need UiO username and password. Log on UiO Program Kiosk for your platform, and click on the Adobe Acrobat icon to open the program.

  • If you want to convert a document, open the Create menu in Adobe Acrobet and choose PDF files. Navigate to the document you want to convert and click Open, and the conversion starts. When the conversion is complete, open the File menu and then choose where to save the PDF document you created.
  • If you are going to edit a PDF, select Open from the File menu in Adobe Acrobat and navigate to the PDF you want to edit. Select actions from the menus. If you are unsure about how to process the file, you can select Help from the Help menu.


To convert a Word document to PDF, select PDF or XPS from the Save As option in the Office menu. If you do not have this option in your version of Word, use the method above, where you use Adobe Acrobat on For complex documents with many pages, we recommend that you use the Kiosk method above.

Mac OS X

On a Mac with Mac OS X, you can make PDFs from all your documents. Open the document you want to convert, choose Print from the File menu, and click on the "Save as PDF" button. Remember that this option is available from most applications on the Mac, such as Word, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

Open Office

In Open Office, you can quickly and easily create a PDF version of your document by clicking the PDF icon in the toolbar. if you want to make more advanced settings for the PDF, select Export as PDF from the File menu. Click the Help button at the bottom of the window if you're wondering what the different settings do.

LaTeX to PDF, PS (postscript)

See information about the conversion from LaTeX to PS and PDF in the manual document for LTX2PDF. For editing PDFs, please read the manual documents for PDF+Pages. (the manual documents belongs to the Department of Computer Science)
Published Oct. 30, 2012 2:46 PM - Last modified May 7, 2019 2:51 PM