Note: Many course projects do not require a PDF (only PPTX is required). Check your assignment instructions before submitting a PDF.
Step 2: Creating a PDF from your PowerPoint Poster
To create a PDF you can use the PowerPoint Save As... option to save in PDF format (available with Office 2007 and later versions)
Menu File | Save as...
- Ensure that the saved PDF displays all of your poster before you submit (if not, check the sizes specified in your PowerPoint Page Setup
Step 2: Creating a PDF from your PowerPoint Poster (PrimoPDF)
To print your PowerPoint poster it must first be converted to a PDF. If
you don't have Adobe Acrobat pro or standard, you can use PrimoPDF
, which is a free PDF converter installed in Colgate public labs (you can download your own copy here
- In PowerPoint select "Print Preview" from the "Quick Access
Toolbar" and the select "Print" (in Office 2003 select "File" and then
- In the "Name" drop-down list, select "PrimoPDF" instead of the name of a printer.
- Click the "Properties" button, then click on "Advanced"
- Change the Paper Size to: "PostScript Custom Page Size"
- Set width and height to same dimensions as your Powerpoint slide, e.g., 35" x 43" and click "OK"
- If your poster is not completely displayed you may need to return and reverse the width and height above
- Click "OK" on the open boxes and return to main Print box.
- Click "OK"
- A PrimoPDF dialog box will pop up.
- Select the "Print" option (default is "Screen")
- Change the file save location to your personal storage device, e.g., your network storage or flash drive
- Click "Create PDF"
- Adobe Reader will normall open the PDF of your
- Ensure that the poster PDF is complete before submitting