Create PDFs from any Mac application

PDFs are the de facto standard for portable read-only document exchange. You can shell out money for Adobe or some other third party utility or, you can follow these steps to easily create a PDF from any OSX application that allows you to print a hard copy.

  1. Open a program that supports print
  2. Select Print
  3. In the bottom left hand corner of the Print dialog there is a PDF button, click it

PDF Dialog

It presents numerous options for manipulating a PDF file. You can save the PDF to disk, email it or any other number of things.

I use this feature all the time for printing receipts from the web, emailing a receipt to someone, making a PDF version of a Word document, etc. If you have any creative ways to use PDF, please let us know.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."


  1. Great post, keep on sharing more informative posts like this. keep up your good work, eagerly waiting for your next post.

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