Introduction: Create a PDF
Step 1: Visit OpenOffice.org
Open your favorite browser and go to OpenOffice.org.
Then, click the "I want to download OpenOffice.org"
After that click "Download now!"
Step 2: Download OpenOffice and Run the Installer
Now your browser will go to a download page. It should try to start the download automatically.
-It will pop up a box that will say "Save File" and "Cancel"
-Click "Save File"
-It will download the file
-Double click the saved file in the downloads screen to open it
For Internet Explorer
-A yellow bar may pop up at the top of the screen with the text "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer blocked this site from downloading files."
-Click the yellow bar
-Click "Download File..."
-The page will refresh and a box will pop up that will say "Run", "Save", and "Cancel"
-Choose a place to save the file. The desktop is an easy place to remember.
-It will download the file
-Click "Run" when the download is finished
When you run the file you may get a screen with a security warning. Click "Run" on this screen.
Step 3: Install OpenOffice.org
You should now have the installer open. In this part of the tutorial I will show the steps in this format
What to do
This will help me tell you how to go through the installer, without taking up a bunch of space on the page.
Here is what you need to do:
Thank you for downloading OpenOffice.org 3.0
Welcome to the Installation Wizard for OpenOffice.org 3.0
Fill in any information you want and click "Next"
Choose "Complete" and then click "Next"
Ready to Install the Program
At this point it will do a bunch of stuff automatically. Let it do all this.
Installation Wizard Completed
Now go to your desktop and double click the icon labeled OpenOffice 3.0.
Step 4: Running OpenOffice for the First Time
The first time you run OpenOffice it will ask you a bunch of questions.
I just click "Next" through them all except the last.
On the last I choose "I do not want to register" and then I click "Finish".
Step 5: Choose a File Type
After you finish with the one-time setup and every time you open it after the first time, OpenOffice should present you with a screen titled "Welcome to OpenOffice.org".
From this screen we want to create a text document, so we click the button titled "Text Document".
Step 6: Make Your File
From here you can make your document. The program is very similar to Microsoft Word, so if you are familiar with Word, OpenOffice Writer will be very familiar. In this area you can type text and add pictures and basically design your PDF document. I really cant tell you how to do this step, as each person will obviously want to make a different document, but its pretty simple.
If you want to convert an already made document to a PDF just open it up in OpenOffice and go to the next step.
I suggest you save these documents in the regular .odf or .doc files. This makes them easier for editing later.
Step 7: Save As a PDF
Now that you have your document formatted and written the way you want it to look like in the PDF, you can now save it as a PDF. To do this, click the "File" menu in the upper left part of the window. It will drop down a menu. From here click the "Export as PDF" option. A window titled "PDF Options" will come up. If you know what options you want, select them. If you don't, the defaults should be OK. Click "Export". A window titled "Export" will appear, choose a location on your computer to save the file. Name the file anything you would like, and click "Save". I saved mine to the desktop so I could find it easier.
Step 8: Open the File and Check It
Go to the location you saved your file. Mine was on the desktop so I went there. Double click the file and it should bring up Adobe Reader.
If it doesn't open Adobe Reader, you can download Adobe Reader from http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Double check to make sure everything in your PDF is correct and accurate.
Step 9: Make Thousands of Random PDF Files
After this you may feel the need to turn any document you find or write into a PDF file.
My suggestion, do it until your family has to step in and tell you that you have a problem!