How to convert a Word document (doc) to a PDF file, as well as convert it to FB2
- Word to PDF Converter - Several Options
- doPDF is a universal converter of any document to PDF
- Convert DOC to PDF via Apache OpenOffice
- How to convert DOC to FB2 for reading on gadget screens?
I decided to write a short note on how to convert a document created in Word into more popular reading formats for PDF (for reading on computer screens, laptops and tablets) or Fb2 (for reading on portable devices with a small screen).
Actually, to convert to PDF (there is also an alternative Djvu format, but it has received less distribution) you can use the built-in converter in Microsoft Office Word, but the file will be too cumbersome, so consider a couple more options.
Another question - why might such a need arise? Well, for example, I more or less understand only the possibilities of the Word, and I’m not ready to learn any other specialized editors (for example, to prepare documents in PDF format). However, sometimes there is a need to upload documents to the network or mail them to someone (free manuals, e-books, etc.). Word is great for creating these files, but reading it is not accepted (and not convenient). Therefore, you have to use a converter to more popular formats for reading , such as PDF and FB2.
Word to PDF Converter - Several Options
The first option to get a PDF file, as I mentioned above, is to use the converter built into the Microsoft Office Word of the version you are currently using. Those. You first create a document (with pictures and all the necessary elements) in this wonderful text editor, format it accordingly, but when you save, you choose a slightly different format from the default one (PDF).
At the same time you can choose the option of saving: with the best quality or “for the web” The final difference in file size will be, however, not very tangible. The default optimization option creates a PDF file that is substantially larger than the original Word document. The option for the Web simply “works wonders”, and in fact it is not much different from the first (in my case, the weight reduction was only five percent and the resulting PDF file was still heavier than the original Doc).
doPDF is a universal converter of any document to PDF
Therefore, I suggest you try a different version of Word to PDF Converter. He presents them himself as a tiny utility, namely the free PDF doPDF converter (version 8.0.911 is now relevant). It is installed as a virtual PDF driver for the printer (you can observe it when viewing the list of your printers in the Windows control panel). Therefore, doPDF is a universal converter in the format of PDV from any program in which the document can be printed.
It is installed as a regular program, but at the beginning it asks you if you need to install an add-in for Microsoft Office Word:
After you finish installing doPDF, you can open all the same document in Word (or some other text editor - WordPad, NotePad or any other where you can print the document on our new virtual PDF printer). In general, you will need to go to the print settings of the document (in Word it is a large round button in the upper left corner and the “Print” item).
In the window that opens, choose from the drop-down list our new PDF printer “doPDF 8”:
By clicking on the "Properties" button, you can choose any resolution from 72 dpi to 2400 dpi, and after clicking on the "OK" button, you will be asked (highest, average and "so-so" - if there are no images in the document, you can safely choose last option). If non-standard Windows fonts are used in the document, it makes sense to tick the “Embed fonts” box to include these font sets in the final PDF document (this will increase its size).
There is also a checkbox that allows you to open the final document in the program specified for it immediately after converting Word to PDF (I use Foxit Reader for this purpose). When setting the minimum quality of the final document, I got the file two times easier than using the built-in Microsoft Office Word converter.
If during the installation of doPDF you didn’t remove the check mark in the Word installation add- on box, then you will see a new tab on the toolbar of this graphic editor (right) with tools for saving the document in PDF format and a button with settings. In fact, all settings remain the same:
Convert DOC to PDF via Apache OpenOffice
If you do not have the Word editor installed (after all, it is paid), and for some reason the doPDF utility has not been installed or earned properly, then there is another option for converting a Word document to a PDF file. The Open Office package can help us with this (a free alternative to the Office from Melkomyagkih). I, for example, have Apache OpenOffice installed, which can be downloaded for free on the official website at the link provided.
Actually, the analogue of Word in this package is called OpenOffice Writer and it works great with documents in DOC format. Having opened the Word file in this editor, you will find on its toolbar the corresponding button “PDF”. It remains only to use it and choose a place to save the final file.
Remarkably, the OpenOffice Writer converter turned out to be the most efficient and allowed to get a PDF file that is two times smaller than the one created by the Word Converter (from the same source in DOC format), and the quality did not suffer at all ( as opposed to the doPDF utility discussed above).
How to convert DOC to FB2 for reading on gadget screens?
Well, in conclusion, I also want to say a few words about the utility that can translate a document created in Word into the FB2 format. Personally, I constantly use the latter to read books on the road. It supports the presence of graphics and is very cool able to adapt to any screen size, unlike everything from the same PDF, which will have to be viewed on a small screen with horizontal scrolling, and this is creepy as uncomfortable.
The utility is called Doc2fb and can be downloaded for free from the link provided. It can convert documents in .doc, .txt and .rtf format to fb2 format. It can also transfer files from one format to another in a batch method (they will just need to be stuffed everything into one folder). The program does not require installation - just unpack the archive and click on doc2fb.hta (a strange such file).
Accordingly, if you want to convert only one file (.doc, .txt or .rtf), then put it in advance in a separate daddy. After that, run Doc2fb and select this folder:
After selecting a folder, just click on the "Convert" button that appears after that. After that, you will have another file in this folder with the extension FB2.
The disadvantage of Doc2fb is that it is often easy to work with. Without this “kickshaw” it may not work. In this case, I advise you to try to use htmldocs2fb2. It is also free and has such a rich functionality:
The program has a number of settings where you can specify new sizes (reduced) for the images available in the DOC file and other nuances to provide. Working with her is quite simple. Again, in the upper half of the program window (using the icon with the daddy), select the desired file in doc format (you can load several files in this window) and click on the start button, located just to the right:
You will be prompted to make certain settings (change the title, file name, etc.), where you can leave everything by default and just click on the “OK” button at the very bottom.
All, the file will be saved to the specified folder (you can set the default @ folder on the “Setting” tab - “Other”). Remarkably, the file is saved in FB2 format, but packed in an archive. This is quite convenient, because it reduces its size, and most programs for reading FB2 on mobile devices are able to open books in archives (I still use the Haali Reader on my PDA, bought at the beginning of this century).
If you want to see the quality of the converter operation on a computer, you can install some program for reading files in FB2 format, for example, FBReader for Windows.
Well, somewhere like that. If you have other options to solve these problems, then I allow you to voice them in the comments (usually, the voice requests remain unheard, therefore I hope for arrogant “I allow” - suddenly it will touch you and take action). Thank.
A sourceAnother question - why might such a need arise?
How to convert DOC to FB2 for reading on gadget screens?