You do not need to purchase Adobe Acrobat to save a document as a PDF or combine multiple PDFs into a single PDF.

    Mac OS X/macOS

      From the document you want to save as a PDF, select File and then Print. In the lower left corner of the print window will be a pop-up menu that says PDF. Click on that and select Save as PDF... to save the file as a PDF. This feature is pretty consistent across most Mac applications. In Google Chrome, after choosing to print, you can click the Change... button and select Save as PDF.

      Preview, which is included on all Macs, will let you combine multiple PDFs into a single PDF. Apple provides instructions at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202945.

    Windows

      On Windows, the process to save a file as a PDF varies by application. In Microsoft Office 2016 (the version students can install for free with our license), go to File and then Export, and select Create PDF/XPS Document to save the file as a PDF. In Google Chrome, after choosing to print, click the Change... button and select Save as PDF.

      There are several free online resources that will combine PDFs, and you can choose the one that best meets your needs. Please check the output of these services carefully to make sure the final product is what you expected.


Last Modified August 6, 2018