How Do I Save an AutoCAD 2010 File as a PDF?

Are you an AutoCAD user looking to save your files as PDFs? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to save an AutoCAD 2010 file as a PDF. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Your AutoCAD File

First, open the AutoCAD 2010 software on your computer. Once it is launched, locate and open the file you wish to save as a PDF.

Step 2: Access the ‘Plot’ Dialog Box

To save your AutoCAD file as a PDF, you need to access the ‘Plot’ dialog box. You can do this by either clicking on the ‘File’ tab in the top left corner of the application window and selecting ‘Plot’ from the drop-down menu, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P.

Step 3: Choose Your Printer/Plotter

In the ‘Plot’ dialog box, you will see a section titled ‘Printer/Plotter.’ Here, you need to choose a printer or plotter that supports PDF creation. Usually, this option is labeled as ‘Adobe PDF’ or similar.


If you don’t see any PDF-related options in the ‘Printer/Plotter’ section, it means that your AutoCAD installation doesn’t have a PDF driver installed. In that case, you may need to install one before proceeding further.

Step 4: Configure Plot Settings

Once you have selected a compatible printer/plotter for creating PDFs, it’s time to configure your plot settings. This step ensures that your final PDF file is generated according to your preferences.

  • Paper Size: Choose the appropriate paper size for your PDF. You can select from a range of standard sizes like A4, Letter, or customize it to your specific requirements.
  • Plot Area: Decide whether you want to plot the entire drawing or just a specific area.

    If you choose ‘Window,’ you can use the crosshair cursor to select the desired plot area.

  • Plot Scale: Define the scale at which your drawing should be plotted. You can choose a preset scale or specify a custom scale.
  • Plot Offset: If needed, you can set an offset value to shift your drawing on the paper. This is useful when you want to leave some margin around your design.

Step 5: Set Plot Options

In this step, you will find various options related to plotting that you can configure according to your requirements. These options include:

  • Plot Style Table: Choose whether to use color-dependent or named plot styles for your PDF. Selecting ‘Use object color’ preserves the colors used in your drawing.
  • Paper Orientation: Select whether you want your PDF to be in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Paper Units: Specify the units for paper size and plot scale, such as inches, millimeters, or pixels.

Step 6: Save as PDF

You’re almost there! Now that all the necessary settings are configured, it’s time to save your AutoCAD file as a PDF.

  • In the ‘Plot’ dialog box, navigate to the ‘Output’ section located at the bottom.
  • Choose a suitable location on your computer where you want to save the PDF file.
  • Enter a name for your PDF file in the ‘File name’ field, ensuring it has the .pdf extension.
  • Finally, click on the ‘Plot’ button to initiate the conversion process.

Congratulations! You have successfully saved your AutoCAD 2010 file as a PDF. Now you can easily share your designs and drawings with others, regardless of whether they have AutoCAD installed or not.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process. Happy designing!