Why convert a Word document into a PDF?


Depending on what you want to do with a Word document, converting it into a PDF can be wise or even vital, for instance before sharing your document on social media or sending it by email. This boils down to the nature of these formats:

Word: a Microsoft Office solution

Word is a word processing program that is part of the Microsoft Office solution. Word files end in (extension): doc, dot, docx, dotx, docm or dotm. Like other solutions of the same type (e.g. LibreOffice Writer, WordPerfect and others), Word allows you to create and edit documents with an advanced layout combining images, tables, text and other contextual elements or content. You can thus create texts with specific fonts, which are available on your computer when editing the document, thereby providing the user with full control over the end result.

However, such rendering is not guaranteed when sending a Word document to a third party or opening it on a different computer. Indeed, several factors can alter the quality and rendering of Word documents when opened on another computer, such as the version of Microsoft Office (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019) used to open the document, which may differ from the version in which the document was created. Moreover, if the fonts used in the Word document have not been installed on the computer in which the document is opened, Word will replace the original fonts with those available on the workstation, thereby running the risk of completely disfiguring your original document and its layout when opening or printing it.

You can therefore never be guaranteed that your recipients will view your document as it is displayed on your computer, faithful to your design. This is where PDFs comes into play and the online conversion of Word documents into PDFs makes complete sense.

Advantages of PDFs

PDF, short for Portable Document Format, is the standard format used to display and share files in an electronic form independent of the software, hardware or operation system they are viewed on. PDFs thereby fully preserve the layout (font, layout, graphics, pictures…), no matter which operating system, device or software application is used. You can therefore be certain that your documents will be received, read and printed by others exactly as you want.

Reading and printing is therefore much more pleasant and easy, with no unexpected surprises. Moreover, most PDF readers are free of charge and patent-free.

Don’t wait any longer and start using our free online converter, without any limits. Your PDFs will be generated within seconds and you can then choose to protect them through different processes. By using our website, you are guaranteed to obtain PDF files with clickable links, which is not the case with conventional PDF conversion software.