One of my current tasks is to convert a set of documents from docx files (maintained in Word 2010) to PDF files in both letter size and A4 format.
I've traditionally done this conversion with a device driver that writes a PDF file instead of printing to a printer. However, the requirement for two page sizes created a problem. While casting around for a solution, I discovered that Word 2010 can create PDFs directly with the File menu's "Save & Send" option. I tried that... and encountered the same problem.
The problem is that if I change the document's page size to A4 and convert to PDF, I get... a document that is formatted for A4 paper and then shrunk to fit on letter size paper. Word is bound and determined to format that document letter size, no matter what I tell it.
On the Web I found purported solutions to this problem for PDF drivers, but they were written for Windows 2000 or XP, and refer to menu commands that don't exist in Windows 7. I tried to adapt one to Windows 7 like this:
- Open the Start menu's Device and Printers applet.
- Select the PDF driver.
- Right-click and select Printer Properties.
- Select the Device Settings tab.
- Change the "Form To Tray Assignment" setting to the desired page size and click OK.
I tried this. It didn't work. In fact, it "broke" the PDF driver so that it wouldn't print at all, and I had to reinstall it to make it work again.
I don't know of an equivalent operation for Word's "Save & Send" command, which doesn't use a device driver, or at least doesn't use a visible one.
Does anyone know an effective way to do this?