Creating PDF file in Windows 8.1

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  1. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    New lappy, Windows 8.1, no Microsoft Office so using Open Office. Steep learning curves!

    Yesterday I created a spreadsheet using Open Office and by doing some fiddling I managed to convert it to a PDF file to make emailing it easier.

    Today I can't find how on earth I did it! PDF doesn't appear in the 'Save As' or 'Printer' options that I can see.

    I'm pretty sure it was Windows that created it as whatever I pressed took me to a Windows-type screen. Sort of orange coloured with undecipherable symbol in the centre - there is the same icon alongside the file it's folder.

    Any ideas how I did it?
     
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    I haven't used 8.1, could it be under 'Export' rather than 'Save As' ?
     
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    Look for "Export as PDF" on the file menu.
     
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  4. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    Genius!

    Thank you. Give yourselves each a gold star :thumb:
     
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    If OpenOffice is working for you then no need to change but it has been superseded by LibreOffice. I can't remember what the reason was but the people who were developing OpenOffice decided instead of further development on it they would start again from scratch and thus LibreOffice was born.

    http://www.libreoffice.org/
     
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    Janine Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for that - I'll have a look-see.

    I am finding Open Office a bit clunky!
     
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    By default you should also have something installed as a printer call the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" If you select this as your printer when you go to make a print you will have an option to save the file as a PDF or in various other formats instead of printing them.
     
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    On Windows 7 Microsoft XPS Document Writer you can only save as an .XPS doc. no other options.

    Is this different on 8.1 ?
     
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    Janine Funster Life Member

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    That appears to be the only option on 8.1 too.
     
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    OpenOffice is still being developed. I think a lot of the developers jumped ship when Oracle bought Sun (and gained OpenOffice in the process) and LibreOffice was then forked from OpenOffice.

    I switched to LibreOffice because it has better support for all the operating systems I use.

    I've been caught out by this - I have a few XPS documents I created that I'd like to convert to PDF but it appears I have to pay for a 3rd party utility. They're not important enough for me to bother.
     
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