Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.
Q: I need to make my Word document readable by colleagues that don’t have MS Word. What do I do?
A: MS Office 2007 and 2010 makes that easy. You now have the option of ‘saving’ to a PDF format. I know–us old schoolers are used to ‘printing to’ to create a PDF, but that’s not how you do it in MS Office. Here’s what you do:
- Click ‘save as’ for your document
- drop down the ‘save as type’ until you can select ‘pdf’
- Select and and save
No more purchasing a separate program or downloading a free pdf creator. Now, if you have MS Office, you do it directly from their program. I’m not an MS Office fan, but if you have it, this is a nice feature.
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.