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How to convert files to PDF using OpenOffice?

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OpenOffice comes with a little inbuilt tool that lets you convert your documents and create PDF files out of them. OpenOffice lets you import many types of documents, including .doc files created by Microsoft Word, so it’s possible for you to convert not just the files made by to PDF format, but also those created by other office suites like MS Office.

You’ll need to follow the steps below to create/convert documents to PDF format using OpenOffice.

First, open up the document using OpenOffice. In this example, I’ll be using a .doc file that was created by MS Office. When you’ve opened the file in OpenOffice Writer, go to the ‘File’ menu and choose ‘Export as PDF’.

How to Create PDF files using Open Office

As you can see in the Options window that appears, you can compress the images in the PDF file to reduce the file size. If you wish, you can specify a password to open the file from the Security tab. Additionally, you can check the necessary options in the same window to prevent editing or copying of your PDF file.

Click Export and specify a location to save the file and click Save. You’re done.


OpenOffice has created a PDF version of the current file that you have got opened.

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April 25th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

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  • Dave Le Huray

    Or you can click on the ‘export directly as pdf’ icon in the toolbar.


    Dave Le Huray

  • You can also directly send a document from OpenOffice as an email in Microsoft format (.doc) or as a pdf file.
    It fires up the default email client of your browser to send the file.

    The above pdf file conversion can also be done in ms word but you must first install the free add-in before you can use it.

  • Good one . i think this feature is not there is ms office ?

  • @Dave, Ashwin: Thanks for the information.
    @Ajay: Yep, it’s not possible to convert your docs to PDF using MS Office.

  • @Ashwin: Thanks for the info.

  • ragz

    after convering from openoffice to PDF the alignment is not coming properly…
    plz help

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  • Mayuresh

    Yes, but how to do this conversion prorammatically? Specifically through a code running in the background.

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  • pat winn

    After I convert to the pdf file and try to open it a box comes up with what language to use to open it. The default I have set is English with Open office? What do I have to do to be able to read the document in the pdf format?

  • gracenguyen

    oh. my. goodness.
    i went on another site. and the instructions were sooo confusing.. this was way simpler! and took much much less on my precious time.
    thank you

  • mc

    Thank you for the info. Another advanced tool of converting pdf files is at this site-

  • Kirthiraj08

    Thank you today only i came to know about coverting open office to pdf.

  • Lanie

    I hate  It has made everything ten times worse for me. In my Microsoft class, the teacher couldn’t even open any of my files. This PDF thing had better work or all hell is gonna break loose for me.

  • I hear that one five X five….I believe that Bill Gates got that lemon merengue pie right in his face from a disgruntled Open Office victim….the single most rottenly execrable desktop publishing program out there. I solemnly hate it with a passion and forget about using “help”.

  • Roberta

    This was FABULOUS help!! Thank you sooooo much! Very quick; easy to find and easy to follow.
    The tip will help me long in the future.