Students may want to consider creating a PDF file for submission to the Drop Box instead of a Word document. PDF files are much less likely than Word (.doc) files to be corrupted by viruses. Also, when you submit a PDF file you know exactly what a TA will see when viewing the file. Word files can often change in formatting from one computer to another.
On a Mac:
Please note that the Save as PDF function is available on all Apple computers. The instructions might slightly differ from those below for those running operating systems 10.4 or lower.
- Open the Word file that you want to convert to PDF format.
- Choose File, then Print... from the menus at the top of the screen.
- Click on the PDF button in the lower-left hand corner of the print window that pops up and choose Save as PDF.....
- Choose a location to save the file, name it appropriately, and click Save.
On a PC:
Printing to PDF is available to Windows in Windows 10 and later. If you are using an earlier version of Windows (which is not supported by CoursePlus) you have a few options:
- Use a free program like PrimoPDF or CuteWriter.
- Use OpenOffice.
- Use PDF Online - a web-based conversion tool.
- Purchase Adobe Acrobat which comes with a plug-in to Office that allows you to save files in PDF format. The free Acrobat Reader does not convert documents to the PDF format — it only reads PDFs.