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How to Make a PDF File Online

by Hung Nguyen

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Create PDFs from Microsoft Office or image files with Smallpdf online, for free!

One does not make a PDF from scratch (although you can). Usually, PDFs are exported from a different file format. PDFs are light-weight, portable and are compatible with almost any PC and mobile, which explains its popularity in both the workplace and for personal use.

However, the conversion process to PDF documents is not always so simple. This guide will demonstrate how you can use our PDF maker app to turn files to PDF instantly.

How to make a PDF file for free

  1. Go to our online PDF file maker.

  2. Upload your document.

  3. Smallpdf will start the conversion process automatically.

  4. On the result page, continue to modify the PDF as needed.

  5. Download the file, or save it to Dropbox or Google Drive.

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How to make a PDF file from Word

Which document formats do you support?


As versatility goes, Smallpdf does not disappoint. Our free PDF creator can instantly transform files from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Any variant of these files will be accepted (i.e., doc and docx for word documents).

On top of that, we also process all primary image files, including JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, and GIF images.

SSL encryption


Smalpdf processes north of 1 million documents every day, and we adopt SSL connections to ensure that all documents are safe for the duration stored on our servers. On top of that, our system removes all files after 60 minutes.

Modify PDFs


Saving documents to Portable Document Format is the core of our competency, but there's so much more to us. You can use our online platform to split, protect, merge, delete pages and convert them to other formats as well. All 18 tools are available for you to play around.

And then there’s the offline PDF reader that you can view and analyze. Lastly, with a Smallpdf Pro account, you can even handle your documents in PDF format offline.



One predicament that many online services face is the inability to convert word and JPG copies of physical documents. This process usually requires OCR technology, which is available in our very own online converter. It will activate and extract text for you right away, into an editable text file. Check out our 'Scanned PDF to Word' guide for more info on this.

Though this may not be applicable when you first save files to PDF, it will be if it’s the other way around. Just know that we’ve got you covered.

Cloud Service


Amazon Web Services helps us to seamlessly convert files for 20 million monthly users, from all around the world. All that you need from your end is a web browser, an internet connection and you are good to go. As such, remember that you can even access our site on a mobile device to help you with your document-related tasks.

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We make PDF easy. :)

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager