Virtual Printing

In my ongoing commitment to enhance your web experience and just make your life easier, here is a FREE tool that allows you to create a PDF from just about any Windows document. You can merge multiple documents into a single pdf, lock them to prevent changes, digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified, email them…the list goes on.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format.

One task that this tool is perfect for is creating a PDF receipt for online purchases. When you buy something online, you typically get sent to a page that serves as a receipt. You are told to print for your records. I hate paper piles and filing. So I simply “print” a PDF copy and store in a directory called “receipts.” No physical copy is made, yet I have all my receipts saved in a folder and if the need arises, I can refer to them, print them, email them etc. It’s a very green thing to do; I save paper, printing supplies, and space in my file drawer. 

The tool is provided free of charge, no nag screens or advertising.  The authors do ask for a donation on the page which is a nice thing to do, but not required. After install, you will be able to select PDFCreator from the select a printer pull down list. You can set it as the default, but if you ever need an actual printed copy you will need to select a physical printer.

If you want to check it out go here. There’s lots of help on their website, but if you need more, or just want to ask a question, leave a comment below or send me an email.