7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2015 9:04 AM by Jmcginn RSS

    Converting .docx to PDF changes formatting

    hlmzzzz Community Member

      I'm a technical writer and Word is my only tool available for publishing documents.  Most of the documents I publish are anywhere between 10-150 pages, and they are all created in Word and published in PDF format (converting with Acrobat).


      It is rare to convert a document to PDF that doesn't contain any formatting errors that weren't there prior to conversion.  More specifically, these things occur when converting to PDF:


      -Page breaks are inserted after some Figure cross-references

      -Heading styles change completely

      -Some black text becomes blue

      -Images are pushed on to the next page, even if it fit well in the Word doc


      Considering that I do not have access to Framemaker or anything comparable, is there ANY way to prevent these changes when converting from Word to PDF?  It's especially aggravating in longer documents, because I have to re-format them several times before most (but almost never all) of the issues are resolved.