Building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

Converting Documents to PDF

Several options for converting your Word Document to PDF file format are explained below. 

Acrobat DC (part of Adobe Creative Cloud) is available for download free of charge to GW students, faculty and staff.

Word for PCs

If you use Word for PCs, make sure the fonts are embedded in the document prior to conversion to PDF. Embedding the fonts ensures the formatting in the word document will be preserved when the document is converted to a pdf.

 

 

Options:

1. Create your Adobe PDF in MS Word.  

Acrobat PDFMaker Troubleshooting Guide for MS Windows. (Source: Adobe Acrobat Help)

2. Open and save your document to PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC Professional Edition.

3. Upload your final word document using the tool in the ProQuest ETD Administrator site.

Word for MACs

Whatever method you choose, be sure to review your PDF for formatting and readability issues prior to uploading or saving the document to the ETD Administrator site.

 

Options:

1. Upload your final Word document using the tool in the ProQuest ETD Administrator site. (Recommended)

2. Open and save your document to PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC Professional Edition.

3. Create your Adobe PDF in Word. Known issue: If your document contains section breaks, the Word software will convert each section into individual .pdf documents.   

InDesign

Please consult LinkedIn Learning for information on this topic.

ETDs written in LaTeX

Students writing their ETDs in LaTeX may wish to use an editor for Windows computers such as WinEdt. The advantage of using WinEdt is that it can compile a document using PDFLaTeX, which generates a PDF as the final output.

The procedures are very simple within WinEdt:

1. Open your .tex file

2. Save your document in .pdf archival format

3. Click on the PDFLaTeX icon

4. The PDF appears.

Convert Web Pages to PDF:

Adobe User Guide for converting webpages to PDF using a number of internet browsers and Adobe Acrobat.

Check Page Margins in Acrobat DC:

: instructions for checking PDF manuscript page margins.

Ctrl + R: Displays a ruler at the top and left hand margin of the page.