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PDF Printer - Print Files to PDF Online for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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Use our PDF Printer to print different file types to PDF. Supported file types include Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and multiple image file types.

Smallpdf is the internet’s most popular web-based PDF software, with over 25 million regular visitors. Our handy PDF tools can virtually print documents from any format to PDF.

Here is a simple three-step guide on how to use our PDF printer.

How to print to PDF online

  1. Drag and drop a file into the free online PDF printer.

  2. The tool will automatically start the conversion process.

  3. Download your file - which should now be in PDF format.

  4. You are all set!


How to print to PDF online, for free!

What are the supported printing formats?


Our free PDF printer can currently produce a PDF from the Microsoft Office file family, as well as images. These files include Word, PPT, Excel, as well as JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, and TiFF.

The maximum file size is capped at 5GB; you will unlikely ever see a file that large. Hence, size shouldn’t ever be an issue. ;)

If you do ever experience slow processing speed for larger files, do switch to a different browser, and disable any extensions you have installed. Typically, this should fix issues pertaining to conflicting third-party apps. The PDF printer can also ‘undo’ the printing process, and save the PDF to its original file types.

Is using Smallpdf safe?


As a GDPR compliant company, Smallpdf takes security and how to manage user data extremely seriously. The entire website and all file transfers are encrypted using state of the art 256-bit SSL encryption. This way, we can guarantee the safety and anonymity of all our users, even when it comes to processing files containing sensitive information. We also destroy all processed files from our servers automatically.

If you do not want to upload your documents online at all - do check out the Smallpdf Desktop app. The offline version of the PDF converter will process files locally, without the need for any upload. Similar to the free version, users can start a free trial to use the desktop app for a good two weeks. All for your PDF printing needs!

Print files on any operating system


Smallpdf works on all devices and operating systems directly in your internet browser. There is no need to install anything on your device. Beautiful, right? After uploading your file, our servers take care of processing the file without reducing the performance of your device. Thus, Smallpdf also suits well for mobile devices.

For the offline variant, Smallpdf is currently available for download for Windows 7+ and macOS 10.9+. Hey, a Linux version might also be down the line.

What else can you do with Smallpdf?


Once you click print and save a file to PDF format, the possibilities are endless.

We have been hard at work with our PDF Editor, where you can add markups, redact, editing, and fill forms. Furthermore, an array of tools are available online to modify existing PDF files, including options to merge, split, and arrange PDF pages. Advanced features such as batch processing, as well as unlimited access to all tools are available after you sign up for a Pro subscription. To thank you for supporting our service, we will also remove ads, and save your e-signatures for quick and easy digital sealings.

We understand the need to work remotely, offline. Hence, a Smallpdf Desktop app was developed a couple of years back to achieve just this - print PDF offline. On top of being able to create a PDF in the formats provided, you can also print from PDF to other image types, such as PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP (the online version can only save PDF to JPG).

The latest version of this app can is available for download for you to test out via the button below.

There are many other use cases that Smallpdf could accompany you with, outside of our main functionalities. To further ease your workload, over 100 how-to guides are available free-of-charge, on our blog to get you going with our favorite file type. For instance, check out our guide on how to convert a web page to a PDF.

If you only need to print PDF files occasionally, our website will continue to remain free for you to use. We’ve been doing this for over six years, and currently, serve over 25 million unique visitors from all over the globe. Join the fun and bid farewell to all PDF-related irritants.


Have fun printing!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf