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How To Create a PDF File

Do you need to create a PDF file but you don't know how? Not to worry. Continue reading to find out what a PDF file is and how you can create one.

What Is a PDF File?

A PDF — or Portable Document Format — file is a type of document that can contain text, illustrations, images, photos, or other types of content. Created by Adobe in 1993, the PDF file is an open format file that can evolve and be adapted to multiple platforms. To read PDF files on any machine, you simply need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

What Is the Purpose of a PDF File?

PDF files have as a principal function to preserve the initial format imposed by the document's creator. The original format, including fonts and images, stay the same no matter the OS or program used to open the file. It also "fixes" the elements in the document so that they may not be altered without the consent of the document's creator.

This is not always the case with Microsoft Word documents, for example, which may experience the shifting or editing of elements in the document between the moment it is created and the moment that its recipient opens it.

How To Create a PDF File

Adobe has provided a paid app, Adobe Acrobat Writer, which allows you to create and edit PDF files. However, you may also use the following free software to do the same:

HTML to PDF Converter
Ghostscript Viewer
PDF Creator

Additionally, most word processing software allows you to export text documents to PDF format.

How To Edit a PDF File

If you already have a PDF file but you would like to edit it, you can find the procedure in our article on how to edit PDF files.

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