Official Microsoft Office PDF Plugin

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 24, 2008
Updated • Feb 24, 2013
Microsoft, Microsoft Office

There are several third party applications that make it possible to create PDF documents from within Microsoft Office. Most of these add a virtual printer that converts the Microsoft Office document to PDF. There is however an official way to add PDF - and XPS - support to Microsoft Office 2007 and its various programs like Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.

Microsoft is offering a plugin on their homepage that adds pdf support to Office 2007 adding PDF as one of the options in the Save As dialog. That's probably the most effective way to add support for PDF documents to Microsoft Office 2007.

This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.

The plugin can only be downloaded if you have a genuine Microsoft Office 2007. The check will be made before the download link for the plugin becomes available.

Update: Microsoft has integrated native pdf exporting options into its Office 2010 suite, making the plugin redundant for this version, and likely all future versions of Office. If you are new to Office 2010, or never used the pdf export feature before, you'd probably like to know how you can make use of the feature. It works similar in all Office programs.

  • Click on File, then Save As
  • Enter a file name and select PDF from the file type listing
  • Click Save to save the document to your local system in pdf format

If you want additional information about the process, you find detailed information on Microsoft's Office website. There you find detailed instructions for all Office 2010 applications.



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  1. Bruce Kipp said on April 9, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Is there any add-on that allow you to edit within a PDF document that was generated from a Word document? Whenever I convert a Word document to PDf there are always format errors that I need to correct but am not able to edit the PDF document.

  2. Himanshu said on October 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I have one question regarding MS Office 07 Word-PDF conversion plugin:

    I have a document which needs to be converted to pdf but the document has text in color other than black. So I was wondering if there is any option where I can set PDF converter to convert documents in black color as right now it is converting into black but that text does not look good because it got converted from like Red to black..
    The reason I am asking is because we fax word documents from our system and all we uses is Office 07 plugin to convert doc to pdf and then send it to the fax..

    kindly advise…

  3. Martin said on February 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    do you think it is less worthy to be mentioned because it is old ?

  4. hp said on February 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Just wanted to suggest “CutePDF” – free for personal use. and works in any program from where you can print. This installs as a Printer driver.

    good luck

  5. ola dimeji said on February 25, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    i don’t know why this is just coming up here. this plugin has been available since 2006! i was expecting some cutting-edge product.

  6. Dante said on February 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve tried this last year already. And it sucks!!! PDF does not come out properly if you have intricate formating and embedded spreadsheets.

  7. gnome said on February 25, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Finally, though I don’t think I’ll be using it… Still, nice to know Microsoft cares enough to bother…

  8. Martin said on February 25, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Jawwad the main difference is the Create bookmarks using option which creates links in the PDF.

  9. Jawwad said on February 25, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Martin: but I still think that third-party PDF printers are a better bet because this way you have support of PDF from ANY application with printing support, not just MS Office. However if there is any feature or something extra that is present in this plugin offered by Microsoft that I am missing(as I have not used this plugin so far)?

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