Summary : Word to PDF Conversion in SharePoint 2013 (via Print to PDF),SharePoint 2013 PDF’s are supported Out-of-box,Convert Word to PDF in Office 365 & SharePoint Online
As you might know that in SharePoint 2013 PDF’s are supported Out-of-box and Yes without installing any PDF Filters.Besides being able to Search and Open PDF’s another functionality that I like the most is the Out-of-box Word to PDF Conversion. I have earlier discussed some cool features of new and Improved document library at my post SharePoint 2013 document libraries – Drag Drop, Download, Preview, Print, Share and more..
but this definitely needs elaboration.
Lets look at how you can do this.
In the document library if you click on “…” (a.k.a the call up menu) and you would see the document preview or what they a Hover Panel. In the Hover panel click on little stack icon in preview pane to go to the options “Download a copy”, “Print to pdf” and “Embed Information” (to get the file’s embed code). All three options a very useful for end users.
With “Download a copy” end users can download a copy of this document to their local. With “Embed Information” they can get the embed code for this document and then paste it in a Script editor to embed this documents in a SharePoint page. See my post How to Embed a Word document in your Site Page for details.”Print to pdf” however solves two purposes Converting your Word doc to PDF and letting you Print the PDF that right from the document library.
So here is what happens when I click on “Print to PDF”.
First the Office Web Apps initiates and the Word Web App starts the conversion
Within few minutes you would see a link with your PDF ready to Open.
When you Click on the link, it downloads the PDF to a Word View beta address (something like https://word-view.beta.officeapps.live.com..) and presents you with an Option to Print it.
Here you can either Print the PDF or Cancel this popup to open your PDF. For me it was downloaded to my local’s Downloads folder.
Just saw Adam Preston has also added a similar post today.