Microsoft has introduced so called add-ins in Microsoft Office and Word which are first-party or third-party applications that extend the functionality of the software.
These add-ins work similar to extensions that you may know from web browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome. While they are installed in a different way, they do add or change functionality of Microsoft Office programs.
One add-in in particular is being a great asset for me personally, it is called the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS and works with eight Office programs including Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007.
I do have to create several PDF documents each month and have used one of the numerous online converters for this task since now. I did not like the fact that I had to upload my files to another website but that was the only working solution so far.
This has changed with the Microsoft Office add-in which adds the option to save documents as PDF right in Word and Excel. The download is only available to genuine Office 2007 users and Microsoft is performing a check before the download.
Update: Please note that Microsoft has implemented the functionality natively into Office 2010 and newer versions such as Office 2013. This means that you do not need to install the add-in anymore in those versions of Office, as it is already available.
To use it, you need to do the following:
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