Saturday, February 11, 2012

Make an Adobe PDF file from any document or website in Ubuntu

Adobe PDF files are supported widely among many websites, for filling in application, emailing documents and downloading manuals from various websites.  When creating an Adobe document it also gives you that feeling of security that it will be safe, because unlike many documents that you may email or post on a website, it cannot be edited like a Word Document possibly can. There are ways of creating a Word Document by setting the correct write protection properties but with an Adobe PDF file, there is very little maintenance in protection you document, which is great for a beginner.

In Ubuntu/Linux there is an option where you can print to file, but unlike windows it has the option of printing a file as a PDF document.  This feature is great when creating a Resume or maybe you would like to back up some emails for future reference.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to, with ease, create an Adobe PDF file through your gmail account.

Step One:
Go into your GMail account and open the email you wish to print.

Step Two:
Click on the print icon in the top right corner of the email

Step Three:
A new window will open and the print dialog box will automatically open.  For other documents you can Click on File --> Print, the hot key would be ctrl+p

Step Four:
Select the option Print to file in the window as pictured below

Step Five:
Just below that you will see a box with Name and to the right of that you will have the option of selecting the radio box of either PDF or Postscript, select PDF.

Step Six:
Name your document, make sure that *.pdf file extension is included.

Step Seven:
Below the Name box is the default Save to folder, change that as necessary.

Click on the print button, you are finished converting your GMail email to an Adobe PDF File!

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