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This instructable will teach you how to create a PDF file. It starts with downloading certain programs and going all the way to viewing the PDF file. In this instructable I will guide you through downloading a program named OpenOffice 3.0. If you have OpenOffice 3.0 you may skip to step 5. You do need OpenOffice 3.0. Version 2 will NOT work.

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Step 1: Visit

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Open your favorite browser and go to

Then, click the "I want to download"

After that click "Download now!"

Step 2: Download OpenOffice and Run the Installer

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Now your browser will go to a download page. It should try to start the download automatically.

For Firefox:
-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.
-Click Save
-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

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You should now have the installer open. In this part of the tutorial I will show the steps in this format
Screen Title
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 3.0
Click "Next"

Select Folder
Click "Unpack"

Welcome to the Installation Wizard for 3.0
Click "Next"

Customer Information
Fill in any information you want and click "Next"

Setup Type
Choose "Complete" and then click "Next"

Ready to Install the Program
Click Install

At this point it will do a bunch of stuff automatically. Let it do all this.

Installation Wizard Completed
Click Finish

Now go to your desktop and double click the icon labeled OpenOffice 3.0.
UltraMagnus6 years ago
great instructable, even if it just publicises yet another reason that open office is infinitely superior than M$ office
I agree with all the anti Microsoft stuff - i highly recommend Fedora and Ubuntu even Mandriva for the more adventurous
And I love OpenOffice.

Another suggestion is Zamzar - Zamzar converts files (online, you get the file in an E-mail) they convert (.obscurefiletype) to (.obscurefiletype).

Good luck...
fwjs286 years ago
microsoft office (i know the student edition does) has a plugin in which you can save as a pdf...its very easy to install and quite helpful....however, openoffice is far superior...
bmlbytes (author)  fwjs286 years ago
Not only is OpenOffice better it is also free. There is really no reason to need Microsoft Office unless you need it for a specific class at school. OpenOffice beats MSOffice in almost every way.