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On Windows 10, you can print a document to PDF from any application, thanks to the built-in Print to PDF feature. You no longer have to use the old XPS Printer or install a third-party application.

To get started, open the document you want to print to a PDF file. Find and open the Print dialog box in the application. Where this is located will vary by program, but you can usually go to File > Print, or just click a printer icon.

Click "File," and then select "Print" in the program you're using to open the print dialog box.

When the “Print” window opens, click “Microsoft Print to PDF” in the “Select Printer” section. Then, click “Print” at the bottom of the window.

Click "Microsoft Print to PDF," and then click "Print."

When the “Save Print Output As” window appears, type a filename, and then select the location in which you want to save the file (such as Documents or Desktop). When you’re done, click “Save.”

The "Save Print Output As" window.

The printed document will be saved as a PDF file in the location you chose. If you double-click the file you just created, you should see it the way it would appear if you printed a hard copy.

A PDF document printed to PDF.

From there, you can copy your file, back it up, or save it for later reference.

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