A Word document can be changed into a PDF document by accessing the Office menu while the document is open in Word. Converting to PDF allows a document to be locked to prevent editing.
- Save the document
With the document open in Word, click the Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner. Select Save As, and choose where you want to save the file.
- Choose the file type
Locate the Save As Type menu underneath the box that allows the document name to be edited. Select PDF from the list of available formats.
- Choose the print quality
Under Optimize For, choose the Standard option for a high-quality document that is optimized for printing. Choose Minimum Size for a lower-quality document that is optimized for Web publishing.