Friday, 12 March 2010

Dude, Where's My Ink? - Printing To A PDF File

Green green green is what makes the world go round today. So is money. They collide at the junction called 'printing' when you want to save trees and paper and ink (and boy do you save money by saving ink) by storing to disc whatever you'd otherwise send to your printer. Send it to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file instead, and if you need to see the information again, read it (by double-clicking the filename in Windows Explorer) with Adobe Reader which you probably already have on your PC.

How would you send this stuff to a PDF file instead of your trusted ink cartridge devouring printer? Use CutePDF Writer. It really really really doesn't get any simpler than this.

After downloading and installing the tool, you'll find a new printer (whenever you instruct an application to print a document and it shows a window with printer options) called 'CutePDF Writer'. Choose that printer, hit the 'Print' button, and you'll then be asked (via a new window that pops up) for the name of a file in which to store the 'printed' document.

Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file, enter the name, and click 'Ok'.


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