If you have PDF creation software, save time and create PDFs from other documents without opening them. Do this by setting up automatic drag and drop PDF creation.

Follow the steps in the previous tech tip, Print docs without opening them, but use the PDF printer instead of a physical printer.

If you have Adobe Acrobat Standard or Adobe Acrobat Professional, there should be a file called Adobe PDF in the Printers and Faxes folder of the Control Panel.

If you don’t have either of these programs, download Nitro Reader (free), which has PDF creation capability. A file called Nitro PDF Creator will be installed in the Printers and Faxes folder of the Control Panel.

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Once you set up the drag-and-drop PDF creator on your desktop you should create an output folder, then change the PDF creator default settings to send completed PDFs to this folder:

  1. Double click the PDF creator desktop icon to open it.
  2. From the toolbar select Printer>Properties.
  3. Click the Printing Preferences button.
  4. Browse and select the output folder.
  5. For Adobe PDF, deselect Ask to replace existing PDF files.
  6. For Nitro PDF Creator, select Overwrite from the If file exists drop-down menu.

Steps 5 and 6 will save time by automatically overwriting PDF files with same name in the output folder without asking.

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You won’t lose work with this method because you saved the file in another program like Microsoft Word before sending the file to the PDF creator.

To create PDFs, simply drag the file over the PDF creator desktop icon. The output folder is a temporary holding place. Once your PDF is created, drag it to an appropriate location.

David Dagley, CFP®, is a software developer and Adobe javascript expert, with 15 years of financial planning experience. He is the owner and president of Forms Doctor Inc., a company specializing in workflow automation solutions and financial planning calculators for investment dealers, financial advisors, and investment firms.
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Hi David! Nice Research on Automatic creating PDF. i deal with this everyday at my work but we at our office use a professional software called as FolderMill. It makes the whole work so efficient and faster. Earlier we used to export each file individually. But not any more. It has a special folder called Watch Folder where you specify your files to be created as PDFs and It does the job for you. Also, it has the option for automatically printing the PDFs if you want to after creating PDF files. More about FolderMill at .

Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm Reply


Why don’t you just toss that PC out the window and get a Mac which has PDF built right into the OS.

If your windows are the kind that don’t open, well, then try CutePDF. Always worked well for me back in the bad old PC days. ;-)

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply


Like Gord, I also use CutePDF to “print”/create PDF documents from various MS and other third party applications. I find CutePDF to be robust and highly reliable. Here’s the link to CutePDF: Also, many applications, including LifeGuide have integrated and internal PDF creation functions that provide for the printing of output directly to PDF, along with an option to automatically e-mail the PDF without the need for additional external utilities. Likewise is the case with popular smart phone and tablet applications such as Empire Life’s “SimpleQuote” and independently produced applications such as “iCompete” and “QuotesOnTap”

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply


Hi Gord, the Nitro PDF link worked for us. It should take you to If it doesn’t work, perhaps your company network has blocked it. (If you’re referring to another link, let us know.)

Regardless, we’re glad you like the pieces!

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

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