How to use Adobe PDFMaker in Word

How to use Adobe PDFMaker in Word

Create, Export or Save As

There are many different terminologies used for the process of generating a PDF file in Word. Some examples are Create, Export, Save As, Print to PDF. They can sometimes produce different results, so to be sure follow the instructions below.

The preferred method is to click on the ACROBAT tab on the Ribbon in Microsoft Word. Click on the ‘Create PDF’ button. You will be prompted to choose a file name and location for the PDF file that will be generated. Before you begin, please check that you have the correct settings as detailed below.

PDFMaker Settings & Preferences

Under the ACROBAT tab on the Ribbon in Microsoft Word, click the ‘Preferences’ button.

On the Settings tab:

  • Conversion Settings (Standard)
  • View Adobe PDF Result (Optional)
  • Prompt for Above PDF file name (Optional)
  • Convert Document Information (Checked)
  • PDF/A Compliance (None)
  • Attach Source File (Unchecked)
  • Create Bookmarks (Checked)
  • Add Links (Checked)
  • Enable Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF (Checked)
  • Enable advanced tagging (Unchecked)

On the Word tab:

  • Convert displayed comments to notes in Adobe PDF (Unchecked)
  • Convert footnote and endnote links (Checked)
  • Convert signature fields specified by pdfmarks (Unchecked)

On the bookmarks tab:

  • Convert Word Headings to Bookmarks (Checked)
  • Convert Word Styles to Bookmarks (Unchecked)
  • Convert Word Bookmarks (Optional)

PDF Remediation

Once the file has been successfully saved, you will probably need to do some PDF remediation work before the file will meet your local accessibility standard or WCAG 2.0 requirements. It is a common error to assume that the file is ‘accessible’ at this stage. Many instances of this can be found on websites claiming to have accessible content. To Make a word in pdf accessible.

Use an Accessibility Checker

You can use the PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC3) to verify if the document needs more PDF remediation work. Please note that the criteria for the accessibility checkers built into Adobe Acrobat and Word do not correspond to any accessibility standard.  In other words, satisfying the Adobe Acrobat accessibility checker does not ensure that you are meeting WCAG 2.0, AODA, ADA, or Section 508 requirements. 


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