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Old 12-14-2017, 11:28 AM
 
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This is what I use.

PDF Converter — #1 Free PDF Creator | PrimoPDF

Primo not Nitro.

It adds itself to the "where to print" options when you ask for something (anything) to print. I saves the file as a PDF that you can then send to a printer. It does not print the doc, it saves it to a file. You have to go to the file and print it. That necessitates paying attention to where the file is saved. I know that sounds condescending, but you would not believe how many times I've heard, "But I don't know where it was saved." lol

In the Primo dialog screen click on the printer icon across the top for better quality.
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Old 12-14-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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Did you try my suggestions from post #2? Most of the responses since then have said the same thing.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Sorry, I'm struggling here. New computer has gone back to store because my year free anti-virus protection was NOT installed like they should have and our little free-for-anybody-who buys-a- computer has expired. I tried and tried to install it and was not able, spent a day and a half watching the wheel go round and round and round multiple times...

So we're back to the ultra slow Dell which I'm surprised is even working right now. They've had our computer 1 1/2 days and haven't heard a word. They're also checking out why I wasn't able to wake it up from sleep mode twice and had to pull the power cord for a bit...

I will go back and try these suggestions if I can. Between locating stuff on this very complicated computer (at least for me) and figuring this out I really feel like a dunce. Honestly don't know how you guys learn all the stuff you talk about. Is it lack of education for me (I went to college even before the days of word processors) or lack of experience?

Really, even when people tell me just do this or that, I have no idea where to start. We had things figured out pretty well on the XP, but this is a whole 'nother ball of wax. I'll be back when I can.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:27 PM
 
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For instance what I was referring to above: in post #2 it says to use PDF as my printer. Ok. explain that to me. PDF is a program. It's not a printer. My printer is my brother machine sitting beside me. Once I see it done and I've done it I will understand but that makes no sense to me.

Now I know you are all just rof laughing at me. I do not like feeling so stupid out here.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:53 PM
 
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No one laughing here. Been in the business since the mid-eighties and I am still learning and still come here for help. So laugh? No.

PDF is not a program it is a file type like Word DOC files are. Just like you can print DOC files you can also print PDF files.

Using PDF as a printer means that the output goes to a PDF file instead of the printer. It creates a file that you then send to the printer instead of sending what you want to print directly to the printer.

Primo PDF will ask you for a file name and the location where you want to save it. This gives you a permanent copy that can be printed any time. You then open that file with a program that reads PDF files, like Adobe Acrobat and print from that.
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Old 12-17-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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To further expand on this...When you print something, the printer dialog box opens up. Where the printer name is shown, click the down arrow and you'll see a list of available devices (or in the case of a PDF printer, the "printer" is actually a program).

When you select it as your print destination, the PDF software will open another dialog box asking for a file name and location to save it. The document will be "printed" as a PDF file and saved on your computer. The result is a file that can be physically printed if you need a hard copy or attached to an email as a file that can't be manipulated by the recipient.
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Old 12-17-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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By the way, everyone here was "dumb" about computers at some point. Asking questions is the best way to learn.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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I can't rep you again. I would if I could.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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Ok, so the adobe program that came installed with W10 (if I ever get my computer back from those people) is not sufficient to save my word document to? The way I see it, I need to save it as a pdf, then print that out. And if I manage to get it to a pdf format I can attach it to the email directly from that without printing and scanning it, right?

So I take my word template all typed in and save as to the pdf program, located in my documents and go from there?

If the W10 adobe program isn't sufficient, I'll need to put another program in here. I could do that with my xp, another thing to learn here.

(ok just a heads up, I have a brain problem which makes learning harder for me than most). I actually take medicine for it. Great. I have an excuse...
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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Ok, so the adobe program that came installed with W10 (if I ever get my computer back from those people) is not sufficient to save my word document to? The way I see it, I need to save it as a pdf, then print that out. And if I manage to get it to a pdf format I can attach it to the email directly from that without printing and scanning it, right?
I'm not sure what Adobe program you might have, other than just a basic pdf reader. For simplicity's sake, you want something that will be on your printer list. If you're printing a hard copy, it doesn't matter whether you print from the word document or the pdf. The pdf is for emailing.

So I take my word template all typed in and save as to the pdf program, located in my documents and go from there?
Yes. The pdf program will serve as your "printer".

If the W10 adobe program isn't sufficient, I'll need to put another program in here. I could do that with my xp, another thing to learn here.
See below for the one I use. It's not the only choice, but it's free and pretty straight forward.

(ok just a heads up, I have a brain problem which makes learning harder for me than most). I actually take medicine for it. Great. I have an excuse...
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