Previously, your best way to print to a PDF on Windows was to install some software, like FoxIt Reader, that includes a plugin to print to PDF. However, just like you don’t need Adobe Reader, you might not want an alternative reader on your system, either.
Here’s how Windows 10 lets you print right to PDF from any application.
Start printing something from any application (remember that the keyboard shortcut CTRL + P makes this quicker) and look at the list of available printers. Instead of printing to an actual printer, find Microsoft Print to PDF and click Print. Instead of paper, you’ll be able to give the file a name and save it somewhere on your PC.
Don’t see this option when printing? Check for it under the Devices & Printers menu by opening Start and searching for printers. Should it fail to appear there, you just have to enable a Windows feature that got turned off. Type Windows features into the Start menu to open the Turn Windows features on or off menu, and enable Microsoft Print to PDF.
After clicking OK and a reboot, you should be good to go! Now you can export to PDF anytime you want to create a portable document that isn’t easily changed, and you don’t even have to install extra software to do it!
The new built in "Microsoft Print to PDF" in Windows 10 is great. I can get rid of CutePDF now.
— Darryl Schmidt (@darrylschmidt) June 9, 2016
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