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makmaniak Calculating status...
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I have to convert many word documents in pdf format, and I would like to use Automator.


Like that is demonstrated here, it's very easy. -workflow_tech#.US950Rllf78


But the problem, is that I have no Office's Actions in my Automator / Library / Documents.


How to add the Office's Actions into the Automator Library?


Thank for your help.


Mac Office Version = 2004 and 2008

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • mns579 Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 9:42 AM (in response to makmaniak)

    As the video says at 1:07, those Automator actions did not ship with the Home and Student Edition.  Is that the version you have?  In any event, many of the actions were buggy in Office 2008, so I wouldn't be overly concerned about their absence.


    There are alternatives available.  One is to build a Service that prints documents to PDF.  First, get the freeware CUPS-PDF virtual printer:



    Install CUPS-PDF.  (Here's a slightly dated description of what it does and ways to tweak it:


    Then make your Automator service.  Two actions are needed:


    1. The default first action for any service.  Set it to


    >>Service receives selected  -- documents -- in -- Finder


    2. Print Finder Items


    >>Print to:  -- CUPS-PDF --


    By default, the new PDFs will be placed in the /Users/Shared/CUPS-PDF/yourusername folder.


    It works under Snow Leopard.  Reports say that it works with Lion and Mountain Lion, too, though I haven't tried it myself.

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to makmaniak)

    Do you have Microsft Office on your mac?

  • pjdube Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
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    Mar 14, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to makmaniak)

    Alright man. Good to know you figured it out.




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