Mac Newbie Tip: Printing to a PDF

One of the most useful tools built into Mac OS X is a little button that is easily missed. When you trigger the print menu in any app (CMD + P), there is a button in the lower left hand window called “PDF”.

When you click the button, a drop down list appears that gives you options for your document. There are a couple of specific options for advanced uses, but you’ll probably want to select “Save as PDF”.

It will now ask you where you want to save your PDF, and what you want to call it. Once you decide, you’ve bypassed the need to waste paper on storing your documents by saving it digitally. It’s completely cost and hassle free. Pretty cool, huh?

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