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How Do I Create a PDF File

December 06, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to download and install PDFCreator an open source PDF creating application.

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a standard file format that can be used to capture, share and view content created in nearly any software application. PDFs can be shared over the Internet or by other methods, without compromising the integrity of the content and layout of the original document. The How Do I Open a PDF File?” article illustrates how to install an application to open this kind of file. As mentioned in that article, PDF files are often found on websites throughout the Internet. The file format is open standards-based and works independently from any specific software or hardware. PDF documents can contain text, images and/or hyperlinks, and can be easily transferred between computers. Adobe® Systems, Inc. offers software for creating and manipulating PDFs, but the software is not free. This article describes how to install an open source PDF creator.


  1. Open your Internet browser and go to the PDF Forge website.
  2. Click on the “Download PDFCreator” button.
  3. Save the file to any location on your computer.
  4. Locate the downloaded file and run the installer by double-clicking the file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  5. Before the installation wizard starts, you must select your language and click on the “OK” button.
  6. The installation wizard will start with the initial window. Click on the “Next” button. On the next page, read the License Agreement and select the “I accept the agreement” radio button. Then, click on the “Next” button.
  7. In next two dialog boxes, click on the “Next” button. Then, choose the destination folder for the installation files and click on the “Next” button.
  8. Decide what you want to do with the installation toolbars and search engine. Click the “Next” button again.
  9. In the next three settings windows, click on the “Next” button and then on the “Install” button.
  10. When the process finishes, click on the “Finish” button.
  11. Now that you have installed the application to create your PDF documents, you must set the PDFCreator© as a printer and then print your documents to this printer to create PDFs.


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