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Windows 7: PDF Creation

23 May 2012   #11
Hanna 1

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10

Hi Hoffman
Long ago i am using office 2007 entreprise and totally forgot about 2003.
Now i use FOXIT READER to do all for PDF files:

Foxit Reader - Capabilities - Foxit Software

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23 May 2012   #12

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional

I use PrimoPDF
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23 May 2012   #13

Windows 7 Pro

After checking and reading about FOXIT READER and PrimoPDF, both still require a PDF file to start with. Correct me if I am wrong.
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23 May 2012   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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23 May 2012   #15

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Win 10 Pro x64

I just switched to free Nitro PDF Reader which will create PDF files.
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23 May 2012   #16


Wait, I used PrimoPDF as well. It doesn't help you save your Excel documents as PDF, it installs as a virtual printer. You don't need a PDF document to start with, that's what the virtual PDF printers are for.

What you do is print your document, in your case your Excel file (open Excel, load your document, then select file -> print). At the print dialog, select the PrimoPDF virtual printer. You will get another dialog box asking you where to save it and what name. This is where your PDF file gets created from your source Excel document.

Here's a screenshot of my Devices & Printers panel, you can see the virtual printer created by PrimoPDF here:
PDF Creation-win7-printers.jpg

Since it's a "printer" you can create a PDF out of literally anything you can print. Notepad text, Paint images, Excel spreadsheets, whatever.

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24 May 2012   #17

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huffman View Post
After checking and reading about FOXIT READER and PrimoPDF, both still require a PDF file to start with. Correct me if I am wrong.
Yes you are correct but once you have a PDF Foxit is very good for annotating and creating bookmark trees. As I posted earlier I use the PDFCreator dummy printer to create PDF files.
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