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How to Convert DOC to PDF on Mac OS X for Free Using TextEdit

How to Convert DOC to PDF on Mac OS X for Free Using TextEdit

DOC is the filename extension used for documents created in Microsoft Word, one of the most popular word processors for Windows-based computers. On Mac OS X DOC files, even though there are some applications that can open them, are not as widely-supported as PDF documents (a format designed for sharing electronic papers between platforms). This is why, if you want to share your DOC files with other Mac users or to load them into your favorite text processor, conversion of these MS Word files into PDF format seems like a good choice.

Now, I will show you a very simple and fast solution for transforming your DOC files into PDF documents using your Mac's basic text editor: Apple's TextEdit. I have chosen this tool, because, it already comes installed with your Mac OS X, it's very easy to use, and you won't have to download or purchase any additional applications in order to complete the conversion task.

Below you can see the step-by-step guide for converting your DOC files into PDF documents.

Step 1

Open your DOC file using TextEdit (just double click on the DOC file as TextEdit should be set as the default text editor on your Mac).

Step 2

Click on the "File" menu and select the "Export to PDF" option (see image).

Export to PDF OptionExport to PDF Option

Step 3

Choose the desired location of your output PDF file and click on "Save".

Extras
 TextEdit is a text editor in the first place, so you can edit your DOC file before converting it to PDF.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully converted your DOC files into PDF documents using Apple's TextEdit. As you can clearly see, using this app to transform your files is a very simple process that will take only a couple of seconds. If you are looking for other applications that will help you with the conversion task, you can take a look at the programs from the list below.

  • Very easy to use
  • You won't have to install any applications as it is the default text editor on Mac systems
  • Fast conversion speed
  • You can edit your DOC file before converting it to PDF
  • None

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