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Creating a PDF Image Only File

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The Win2PDF setup program creates a printer in the "Devices and Printers" folder named Win2PDF.


How to Create a PDF Image Only file using Win2PDF



The PDF Image Only format can be useful if you don't want the text in the PDF to be searchable.  It can also be useful to speed up rendering of complex documents.  To create a PDF Image Only document:


Open a document from a Windows application (Word, Excel, Edge, etc.)

Print the document and select the Win2PDF printer

The Win2PDF file save window pops up, allowing you to choose a name and location for the PDF as shown below:


Main Win2PDF File Save Window

Win2PDF File Save Window


The default file name is supplied by the printing application. You can choose the "PDF for Image Only - monochrome (PDF)" or "PDF for Image Only - color (PDF)" format from the "Save as type:" options. Win2PDF also supports the following formats:

PDF - Portable Document Format

PDF/A - Portable Document Format for Archiving (PDF/A-1b, ISO 19005-1:2005)

XPS - XML Paper Specification

TIFF (monochrome) - Tagged Image File Format

SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics

PDF Image Only - monochrome

PDF Image Only - color

Text - Formatted

Text - Unformatted

PDF - Searchable (OCR)


You can choose a number of optional actions to take after the document is created by selecting the check boxes. The options include:


View File - Opens the file in the default viewer after the file is created.

Print File - Prints the file to the selected paper printer after the file is created to a Windows printer.

Send File - Opens a new email message using the default MAPI-compliant email client and attaches the file to the message. The email program is specified in the Internet Options icon in the Windows control panel. Win2PDF can also be configured to send a PDF using Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Gmail,, Yahoo! Mail, or custom SMTP servers.

Delete after Sending - Deletes the document after it has been sent using the "Send File" option.


You can use the file save window to browse to a new location before saving the document. Win2PDF remembers this location, and will use the same location the next time you create a document.


If you want to skip the save Window, see the Win2PDF Auto-name feature.


To convert a PDF to PDF Image Only, you can use the Win2PDF Desktop Export PDF to PDF Image Only feature, or the imagepdf command line.