Multiple Page PDFs from Word doc

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  1. mowogg macrumors 6502

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    I have tried on a couple of occasions to print to PDF from Word multiple-page documents and the result is multiple PDFs.
    I am using the latest version of Office and am running 10.4.6. I'm generating the PDFs through the print dialog.
    I thought it had to do with the section breaks that were in the docs, but I tried a two-page document and it created two PDFs seperated at the natural page break.
    Has anybody seen this before? I tried a search (both here and Google) but came up dry.

    TIA, Rob
     
  2. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, any breaks in the document will create multiple PDFs. I don't know if it's a Word thing or OSX thing.

    I use PDFLab to put them back together, though there are other programs out there. I like this one for ease of use and ability to quickly reorder pages. :)
     
  3. mowogg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well that sucks. I used Acrobat to re-join the pages. What a pain. Thanks for the info!
     
  4. IanF0729 macrumors regular

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    Did you use the PDF dialogue box built into Word's Print menu? Or did you use a PDF driver as your printer? From your post, I'm not quite sure.

    If you click on print, there should be a PDF button towards the bottom that I've always used and saves as a multi-page *.pdf file for me.
     

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    same for me...use it all the time!
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Which button saves as a single PDF? PDF-X? Compress?

    I like PDFLab, but if I don't need it for this that'd be great.
     
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  8. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Normally it does, but what the OP and I were talking about is if your Word document has multiple sections saving as PDF creates separate PDF files for each section. It's annoying, but donation-ware like PDFLab at least let us fix it. I think it'd be awesome if one of the Save as PDF options was "Save As Single PDF"

    However, let me be clear that I think "Save as PDF" is one of the most elegant aspects of OSX. I'm constantly being handed a flash drive of presentations to convert to PDF for my wife (she's got a pc).
     
  9. IanF0729 macrumors regular

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    Ah, I missed that bit - sorry!

    EDIT: If you're talking about sections as in your document is in notebook layout, change it at the bottom to page layout view and then use the PDF feature on the print menu. I just checked it on a multi-section document and it worked for me.
     
  10. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    No worries. :)

    Got me all excited that I'd missed another simple feature in OSX. I usually find that when I'm attempting a complex solution to a mac problem, there's a much simpler one I haven't found yet. That's why I love these forums.
     
  11. mowogg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, I didn't check back for a while.

    I am using the PDF pull-down from the print dialog window. If I just have page breaks I get a multi-page PDF. If I have section breaks (needed if one part is portrait and one part is landscape, or to have a page of columns) it prints out as multiple PDFs- FILE_NAME.PDF, FILE_NAME2.PDF, etc...

    I haven't been able to figure this one out.

    Thanks all who responded!
     
  12. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately I don't think there is anything to figure out. You get multiple PDFs if you have section breaks. You can "paste" them back together with a few different freeware programs out there, but OSX (or Microsoft) doesn't do this for us yet.
     

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