How to Print to PDF in Ubuntu

Written by s.c. palmer
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Using Portable Document Format (PDF) files is a convenient way to compress and distribute documents. Some people avoid making PDFs because in the past it required downloading software and converting the files. However, Ubuntu users can create PDFs by setting up a PDF printer. With a PDF printer you can create PDF files from text documents, images or spreadsheets and print them by selecting the "Print" option in the program of your choice.

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    Click "System," select "Administration" and open Synaptic Package Manager. Select "cups-pdf" and install it by pressing the "Apply" button.

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    Click "System," then go to "Administration" and select "Printing." Choose "Printer" from the menu bar and select "Add Printer."

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    Select "Local or Detected Printer" as the printer type. Choose "Use a detected printer" and click "PDF Printer (Virtual Printer)" in the box underneath. Click the "Next" button when finished.

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    Set the manufacturer option to "Generic" and the model option to "Postscript." Click the "Next" button.

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    Type in a name for the PDF printer. Click "Apply" when you're finished.

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