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 OpenOffice.org 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’.
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.