How do i print document in pdf file ?

Hi experts,

On my system printer is not installed,when I need any printout I choose "microsoft xps document writer" and save file later from some other machine I take printout.
I am using microsoft xp operating system.Now the issue is that when I choose print option instead of using microsoft xps document writer (that save file as .xps),I could save that file as pdf.
What settings are required in printer to do this ?

thanks
manujtechnoAsked:
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rockiroadsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
manuj, if u just want from office docs then use save as pdf for 2007 onwards as xdomains has said
if u have 2003 then I am not sure it will work
otherwise xps viewer but then its not pdf

if you have been tasked to print pdf then looks like some cost is involved, maybe buy acrobat writer, upgrade office if not already on o2007 or purchase some print driver
otherwise you cannot produce pdf
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rockiroadsCommented:
do you have a pdf print driver installed? if not then look at cutepdf. print the file, select cutepdf, you get prompted for a file and voila you have a pdf
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rfportillaCommented:
Here is a link to Cute PDF. THere are others, but you have to be careful what you download.

http://www.cutepdf.com/

Go to the site, download it where it says try it free, under the Desktop PDF Utilities, under CutePDF Professional.  Run and install the software.  THe next time you try to print, you will have an option for the CutePDF printer.  

*Tada*
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goyal_251Commented:
you default printer might be microsoft xps document writer.

go to file >print and choose the printer which is install in your machine for document printing from dropdown menu where you see microsoft xps document writer
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goyal_251Commented:
sorry I did not read you want to convert document to pdf >
follow the step as rockiroads and rfportilla suggested.
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rakeshadityathakurSenior specialist exchangeCommented:
just installed the cute pdf on your printer you will get the resolution
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manujtechnoAuthor Commented:
But cutepdf software will convert file into pdf but without installing this ,is it possible that from printer page file print into PDF ..
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manujtechnoAuthor Commented:
will cutepdf software after installation  be visible in printer dialog box ..
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WiggleIAMCommented:
Yes, it will be.
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xdomainsCommented:
Sorry, i didnt follow the thread fully...
@manujtechno: Do you want to convert your documents into a PDF file? Or do you want to print it to a printer?

Or, do you want to convert it to a pdf and then print that pdf later on to a printer?
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rockiroadsCommented:
>> will cutepdf software after installation  be visible in printer dialog box ..

yes like I said in my first post, when you print the file, select cutepdf this from your list of printers
then you will be prompted for a file
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manujtechnoAuthor Commented:
Dear xdomains
Suppose I have a notepad file and I want to take printout of this(i.e soft copy) but on my machine printer is not installed , in this case what I can do that using "microsoft xps document writer" I can print that file in .xps file(i.e. hard copy)( i think you know this) and later using xps file I can get soft copy.

Similary Instead of taking hard copy in xps file is there any option so that I can take hard copy of nodepad file or any other file in PDF ( without using any third party component).
Acrobat reader is installed on my machine.

Hope now the question is clear ...:-)
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rockiroadsCommented:
acrobat reader is a third party item, not part of windows. cutepdf is a write which produces a file that acrobat reader can read.

so why would there be an issue?
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xdomainsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, sure. one confusion - actually, the physical print outs are called 'hard copy' and the pdf/xps outputs are called 'soft copy'..:)

If you do not want to use any third party s/w, there is no other way to create a pdf from any application.

If you have Office 2007, it has a plug-in from Microsoft which allows you to save as pdf. This works for all MS Office applications from the 2007 suite. I have not checked the 2003 app suite, though.
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rockiroadsCommented:
if u just want to deal with xps there is a viewer for it http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/What-is-the-XPS-Viewer
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xdomainsCommented:
@rockiroads: I guess manujtechno might be under some org policies? Just guessing!

@manujtechno: I guess it shouldnt be too difficult to get approval for a free utility to be used if org-policy is the constraint?
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aswintCommented:
Its a simple tas when you use PDF Creator (3rd party tool). CNET.com is offering FREE PDF Creator software.

Just install the PDF Creator in your machine then click print on the document which you want to print. Then system will show you PDF Creator under Printer Setup window.

Choose PDF Creator then it will convert your file into PDF.

You can download PDF Creator here -
http://download.cnet.com/PDF-Creator/3000-2079_4-10657258.html?tag=mncol
                 
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rockiroadsCommented:
xdomains, yes maybe. I knew about saveaspdf as well from ms, I was under the impression it was for 2007 not 2003. But with the notepad example I then thought the requirement was for non office docs as well.
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manujtechnoAuthor Commented:
yes xdomains your guess is ok,In my organization freeware tool is also not allowed that's why....
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aswintCommented:
Instead of purchasing new software please give a try to PDF Creator it really works well for me...

Download a free copy then try
You can download PDF Creator here -
http://download.cnet.com/PDF-Creator/3000-2079_4-10657258.html?tag=mncol
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manujtechnoAuthor Commented:
without third party tool I guess it is not possible and also what experts tell is fine.
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xdomainsCommented:
The Acrobat licenses are very expensive, and just for converting to pdf its not worth!

I'll suggest getting exceptions in the org policy to allow a pdf convertor after evaluation. I think this should be achievable, if the need is genuine...:)
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