Microsoft Word uses the DOCX file format by default. But did you know you can also create a PDF file in MS Word? This can be very useful, since a PDF has two key advantages over a standard MS Word document:\n\n \tPDF files are not platform dependent, so you can share them easily.\n \tIt is harder to edit a PDF file, so it will be difficult to tamper with.\n\nCreating PDFs in Microsoft Word is quick and simple, too. Let us explain.\nHow to Create a PDF in Microsoft Word for Windows\nIn Word for Windows, you can export a document as a PDF. To do this:\n\n \tOpen the document you want to convert into a PDF\n \tGo to File > Export > Create PDF\/XPS\n \tSelect PDF as your chosen file type\n \tPick a level of optimization (either \u201cStandard\u201d or \u201cMinimum size\u201d)\n \tChoose a name and location for the new file\n \tClick Publish to create a PDF file\n\n[caption id="attachment_12274" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Export options in Microsoft Word.[\/caption]\n\nThis does not replace the original document, so you can still edit it in Microsoft Word and export it again if you need to update the PDF. You can also use this method to create an XPS file, which is like a PDF but a much less common format. As such, PDF is usually your best choice.\nHow to Create a PDF in Microsoft Word for Mac\nThe process for creating a PDF is a little different for Mac users:\n\n \tOpen the document you want to convert\n \tGo to File > Save As\n \tRename the file and pick where to save it\n \tClick the File Format menu and select PDF from the list\n \tClick Export to save the document as a PDF file\n\nTo save the PDF as a separate document, make sure to change the file name and\/or location. If you do not, the PDF will replace the DOCX file.\nOther Methods for Creating a PDF from a DOCX File\nIf you have no tolerance for Windows and Bill Gates\u2019 software empire, you can convert a DOCX file into a PDF without sullying yourself in the murky waters of Microsoft Word. To do this, you have a few options:\n\n \tUse a dedicated conversion service \u2013 Websites like Smallpdf offer free tools for converting files to and from the PDF format. Services like this may have some restrictions, or may ask you to pay for full access, but they are very useful for occasional PDF conversions.\n \tUse Google Drive \u2013 If you upload a DOCX document to Google Drive, you can open and edit it in Google Docs. From here, simply go to File > Download and select PDF from the list.\n\n[caption id="attachment_12263" align="aligncenter" width="378"] Downloading a PDF via Google Docs.[\/caption]\n\nAnd however you create your PDF files, if you want to be sure they're error free, don\u2019t forget to have them checked by the professionals.