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PDF Maker - Make PDF Online in One Click

by Christoph Forsting

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Follow these three steps to use Smallpdf’s PDF Maker and convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or image files to PDF format.

Smallpdf is the internet’s number one cloud-based PDF software. Over 30 million monthly users use our online suite of tools to solve their problems relating to digital documents.

Better yet, you can start using the tools right away, without the need to download any software or even register an account. For this article, we’ll show you how to create PDF files from other types of documents.

How to Make a PDF Online

  1. Drag your file into the PDF Maker.

  2. The tool will automatically convert it into a PDF.

  3. On the next page, continue to edit your new file, if necessary.

  4. Download your file in PDF format.


How to make a PDF file from another file type, using Smallpdf.

What Are the Supported File Types?


You can use our PDF Maker online to turn Microsoft Office documents, such as Powerpoint, Word, or Excel, into a PDF. It also supports various image files, such as PNG, TIFF, JPG, BMP, and GIF.

Better yet, all the different types of PDF conversion are available under one umbrella tool. Thus, with this online PDF converter, you can convert files from PDF format back to their original state.

Office to Image, Image to Office


The Document Converter on Smallpdf can convert any file to and from any of the mentioned formats (Word, PPT, Excel, JPG...etc.) All you have to do is convert any of these files to PDF, then click the format that you wish to continue with your conversion process via the right hand side from the result page.

Other Than Making PDFs


Our online platform can do much more. Other free PDF tools include creating an electronic signature, editing PDF files by adding text and images, and manipulating individual pages. Here are the links to some of the tools:

  • Edit PDF: An online PDF editor working within your browser.

  • eSign PDF: Sign your PDFs online with an electronic signature.

  • Split PDF: Split a PDF document into individual pages or extract only the pages you need.

  • Merge PDF: Combine multiple PDFs.

  • JPG to PDF: Convert image files into PDFs—an alternative to the PDF Maker.

Every tool listed caps the file size at 5 GB. If you need quick and rapid PDF conversions, e.g., multiple Word to PDF conversions, you can try out a free trial of the Smallpdf Pro subscription.

As a Pro, you can drag and drop as many different types of file formats as you like into the PDF Creator—we’ll process them all in one go. Otherwise, all that you need is a working internet connection to get started.

How to Make More than one Document into PDF?


If you have more than one document, in different file formats, you can replicate the instructions above to make your documents into PDF format, one after another. To save time, you can always grab a subscription plan of Smallpdf Pro, which will enable multiple file processing. As its name implies, the function allows the user to drag and drop as many files as you’d like into our tool, of mixed document formats. Our tool will also group and save all the files in a ZIP file for you to download, all at once.

Furthermore, having a Pro account will push the maximum file sizes of documents to a whopping 5GB.

Can I Make PDFs Outside of Smallpdf’s Site?


To appease the needs of our 25+ million monthly users, we have also developed an offline, PDF viewer/PDF reader. Users can view their PDFs offline with our desktop app with ease. For offline documents, you can simply drag them into our offline reader, and the software will communicate with our servers, and save the file to PDF instantly. Conversely, as with its online sibling, the Smallpdf desktop app can also carry out the contrary, and make a PDF to another document type. A list of all available tools will be available on the left-hand side of the desktop app, or via our homepage if you prefer the online version.

The Online Tool with Mac, Windows, and Linux

Using our online document converter does not demand any special requirements. You can convert files on Mac, Windows, Linux, or any other operating system that has access to an internet connection and browser.

Similarly, there's no limit to handheld devices either. With your internet browser, you can use the document converter on Android or iPhone, to convert PDF, Word, JPG or what not. On the result page, you can either save them to your mobile device, upload them to Google Drive or Dropbox, or even email the file to another party (or yourself).

Questions, concerns or feedback on how to improve our file creator? We're only an email away.

Happy creating, saving, editing and converting documents, whatever it may be!

Christoph Forsting
Christoph Forsting