Best Word to PDF converters

There are many advantages to using a PDF instead of a Word file. PDFs are usually smaller than Word documents, and unlike Word files, PDFs will look the same no matter the operating system and software version. In addition, PDF is a required file format in many industries.

So how can you convert a PDF document that was created in Microsoft Word to a PDF file?

There are plenty of online resources and tutorials. There is also a lot of conversion software available. We did the hard part for you and put together this collection of tools that you can use to turn your Word document into a PDF (except Microsoft Word itself). Here is a quick summary of how to use each.

1. Nitro Word to PDF Converter

You can upload a Word document to Nitro’s Word to PDF website, and the site will email you the document in PDF format after conversion. There are a couple of limits to this tool, though. It can take 5–10 minutes to convert and deliver an average-sized PDF file, but it may take longer for files with more pages or complex formatting. Nitro will only convert files that are no more than 50 pages or 5MB in size. If you have to convert a larger file, you’ll need to download a free trial of Nitro Pro.

2. Smallpdf’s Word to PDF Converter

Just upload your file by clicking the Choose file link in the blue box or drag and drop your .doc or .docx file into the box. Wait until the conversion from Word to PDF is complete, and then download the file. One hour after the conversion, your files will be deleted from the Smallpdf servers. (If you’re concerned about online privacy, we highly recommend you use desktop software instead of an online solution for converting files.)

3. SodaPDF Online Converter

Similar to the first two converters, this one involves a two-step process. First, select a file from your computer or drag and drop it into the box. You can also upload a file from a cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox. After your file has been converted, you can access your PDF document by downloading it to your computer and viewing it in your browser. SodaPDF can also email you a link to your file, but it will only be valid for 24 hours.

4. Free PDF Solutions (PC)

Although it has beeb superseded by the more recent versions of Microsoft Word, this old freeware still does its job. You can download the software from the Free PDF Solutions website. Install it on your PC, and once the application opens, you’ll see self-explanatory buttons to add a file, add a folder, or delete a file from the ones you’ve added to the queue. You have the option to change the output directory. Once you’re all set, just click the Convert button.

5. Batch WORD to PDF Converter (PC)

Batch WORD to PDF Converter comes with an easy-to-use interface. To get started, drag and drop the files into the file list on the tool window. If you add more than one file, you can combine the converted documents into a single PDF by selecting the Merge Converted PDFs to One PDF Document option. Then, click the Browse button to choose where you want the converted PDF file (or files) to be saved. The installer is available in both EXE format and as a portable ZIP version. You can check out their video tutorial here.

6. PDFelement 6 (MAC) free trial

For MAC users, freeware is scarce, but Wondershare’s PDFelement 6 offers a free trial. This software converts any Microsoft Office document to PDF. There is a detailed guide on their website.

So, which method do you prefer? Which ones have you tried? Let us know in the comments section below. For more helpful advice, visit JotForm’s complete guide to editing PDFs.

This article is originally published on Nov 09, 2018, and updated on Sep 30, 2020.
Jim is a Technical Support Representative at JotForm. He's passionate about helping people and has worked in a variety of technical fields. As a critical thinker, he tends to find ways to improve things that already work well. He's a bandless musician, a frustrated programmer, a couch potato and a proud father.

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