Making a PowerPoint PDF on the Mac

Procedure

  • With your poster file open, go to “file” on the menu bar and select “page setup.”
  • In the size section, you should see the following:
    • Slides sized for: custom
    • Width: 48 inches
    • Height: 36 inches
  • Toward the bottom of that window, select “options.”
  • From the “paper size” pull-down menu, select “manage custom sizes...”
  • On the left, towards the bottom, click “+”
  • The word “untitled” will appear in the list above. Double-click on this and rename it “poster.”
  • Change the settings as follows:
    • Page size: width 36 in, height 48 in
    • NOTE:  height and width are the reverse of the actual poster. This is because the roll of paper in the printer is 36 inches wide so the poster actually prints sideways.
    • Printer margins: top 0 in, right 0 in, left 0 in, bottom 0 in
  • Click “okay” in the three pop-up windows to close “page setup.”
  • Go to “file” on the menu bar and select “print” (your poster should appear in the window in the correct orientation).
  • At the bottom left corner, click on “pdf” and then “save as pdf.”
  • Name the document with the “.pdf” extension.
  • Open the resulting pdf file and make sure that everything looks the way you intended.
  • Go to "file" on the menu bar, select "save as other," and then select "optimized PDF" from the menu that pops out. Leave the settings set to "Standard" and click OK.
  • Upload the digital version of your poster to this year's Wetterhahn Box folder. Refer to the email sent to you from [email protected] for more information.