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How to Convert Word to PDF File

AltoPDF team

Mar 4 2020 / 16 min read

Both Word and PDF formats have their own different advantages, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

The first one is useful when your goal is to create a text. That's because Doc and docx formats are easier to edit, and there are a lot of features that let you adjust your text. You can type anything you like and delete it instantly, change the font color and size, add graphical objects and manipulate their position on the page.

Yet, when it comes to storage and preserving formatting, portable document format is the indisputable leader.

But when you're only working with text, this fact isn't always so obvious.

There are always going to be some pros and cons related to the file format that you choose. For example, after the conversion process, sometimes plain text ends up a few lines lower than it should - which tends to be a reoccurring annoyance.

Difficulties can also arise when the file needs to accommodate pictures, tables, and other content. When sharing the file, system or device inconsistencies can shift the whole text formatting - which means when the recipient opens it, it looks nothing like the original.

In order to avoid running into any unexpected disappointments at the very worst time, the safest decision is to convert Word to PDF. By saving Word as a PDF, you can be sure that your document will be distributed exactly in the same form as you created it.

Changing a file’s format can be easily performed with the help of the AltoWordToPDF online converter.

File extension .doc/.docx
Internet media type .doc-application/msword
Description: Word was developed in 1983. In 90s and early 2000s doc. file format was already supported by most of existing software and operating systems and used almost in any field of business. In 2008 doc. was already integrated into both paid and free word processing programs from a lot of providers.
Technical Details: DOC and DOCX are both file formats that were developed by Microsoft Office Word. DOC is used for plain-text format documents and is supported by all Microsoft Office software. DOCX was first released in 2007 and is based on open XML and is readable for most Web-based applications and platforms.
Developed by Microsoft
Initial Release: October 25, 1983
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File extension .pdf
Internet media type application/pdf
Description: PDF document will always look the same whether you print or view it. That’s why it is used on a daily basis by companies, agencies and organizations that prefer commercial printing methods. In addition, any user can quickly extract or edit the required information from PDF document as it contains page layouts.
Technical Details: Two PDF files that look similar on a computer screen may be of very different sizes. For example, a high resolution raster image takes more space than a low resolution one. There are special programs that allow you to edit PDF-files, but their choice is much smaller than that with programs for creating or viewing PDF documents.
Developed by ISO
Initial Release: 15 June 1993
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The How to Guide

How to Convert Word to PDF for Free

  1. Choose a docx file that you want to turn into a portable document format.
  2. Enter the web address in your web browser and go the Alto website.
  3. Drag and drop the chosen file to the page where Drag and Drop File Here is written.
  4. Otherwise, select the document from your computer or smartphone or from the cloud storage using the respective buttons.
  5. Wait for the document to upload.
  6. If you chose an incorrect file or if you simply want to get rid of your current item, click on the orange bucket icon to delete it.
  7. If it’s correct, press the Convert Now! button.
  8. Download the received document.
  9. Continue Editing the resulted file in the PDF editor if necessary.
  10. Convert more documents by selecting to Start over again.


Convert Word Document to PDF Without any Installation

Using the AltoWordtoPDF converter, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Get a free online converter that doesn’t require any authorization via email and is free of charge.
  • Convert Word to PDF while still keeping the quality of the document.
  • Download files that are ready to be converted as many times as you need and without any limits.
  • No need to struggle with the interface - it’s very intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Make everything fast from any device, whether it’s Mac, Windows PC, a smartphone, an iPhone, a tablet or iPad.