How to Convert PNG to PDF on Windows (3 Different Ways)

Published on: June 22, 2022
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If you’ve ever worked with images and PDFs in the workplace or for school, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of trying to get your documents to cooperate with you.

Maybe you need to share an image, photo, or graph for work, but don’t want the image to be distorted, or you want to make sure that it can be read on any device. 

Converting images to PDF helps your images take less space on your computer, and makes them easier to email to others (without being limited by the size of the images you’re allowed to send). 

Maybe you want to control how the image looks when printed, and formatting it as a PDF is a way to organize and merge the photos into a single page or document. 

And for things like school, you may need to send in PDF versions of your work (especially in a more online world), and scanning a document and converting it to PDF is the only way you’re able to do so. 

Whatever the reason, we’ll show you how to easily convert your images to PDF. 

What is a PNG? 

PNG or Portable Network Graphics is a file format that supports lossless image compression, and is one of the most frequently used image formats. Its high-quality graphics and transparency support make it a popular choice for websites, artists, and photographers, and more. 

Why Convert PNG to PDF?

There are a number of reasons, but the most obvious is the ease with which you can share images with others, and be sure that they’ll be viewable on almost any device. 

Since PDFs are universally recognized, they can be opened and viewed on almost any device.

They can also be password protected, watermarked, and secured in other ways much easier than a simple image file. 

How to Convert PNG to PDF in Windows 10 & Windows 11 (FREE)

If you’re looking for a free way to convert PNG images to PDF, Windows actually has a built-in way for you to do just that. The best part? It’s totally free! 

1. Open the folder where your PNG(s) are located. 

2. Click to select the image(s) you want to convert to PDF. (Tip: hold the [ctrl] key to select more than one image; the order you select the images will determine their order when you convert them to PDF).

File explorer dialog box open, showing a selected PNG file titled "sample".

3. Right-click the selected image(s), then select Print

Context menu with the Print option highlighted, after right-clicking on the sample PNG file.

4. From the Printer dropdown menu, set Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer. (Tip: At this step, you can also specify the paper size and PDF quality of the PDF file about to be created. 

Print Pictures dialog box with the Printer set as "Microsoft Print to PDF", with the option highlighted.

5. Click the Print button.

Print button highlighted in Print Pictures dialog box.

6. Name your new PDF, navigate to your preferred save location, then press the Save button.

Save button highlighted in the Save Print Output As dialog box. The File name says "New PDF".

How to Convert PNG to PDF with PDF Pro 

While Windows can convert PNG to PDF, the process is longer, you can’t edit the PDF after creating it, and you can’t reorder and organize the PDF afterwards. 

PDF Pro is our all-in-one PDF converter, merger, organizer, and editor, with built-in OCR technology to convert scanned documents into searchable and editable PDFs. 

1. In PDF Pro, press the Create tab. 

Create tab highlighted in PDF Pro.

2. Press the Create from file button. (Tip: to instantly convert and merge multiple PNGs to one PDF, press Merge files instead, then continue with the rest of the steps.)

Create from file button highlighted in PDF Pro.

3. Press Add files.

Add files buttons highlighted in Create PDF Files dialog box of PDF Pro.

4. Find and Open the image you want to convert.

Add files dialog box with sample file selected, and the Open button highlighted.

5. Press Create.

Create button highlighted in the Create PDF Files dialog box, in PDF Pro.

How to Convert PNG to PDF with Adobe Acrobat DC

Though pricey ($179 US), Acrobat DC can help you convert images to PDF. If you have a subscription to Acrobat DC, here are the steps to convert your PNG to PDF. 

  1. Open the image file in Adobe Acrobat DC.
  2. Click the Enhance Scans tool on the right side of the screen.
  3. Press Select a File.
  4. Press Start.
  5. Choose the image you want to convert to PDF. 
  6. Name your new PDF file, then press Save

The Best PNG to PDF Converter for Windows 

While you can convert PNG to PDF for free with your windows, you really don’t need a third-party app if you’re doing this conversion once in a while. 

But if you work with PDFs a lot, and spend too much time trying to get your documents to cooperate with you, then PDF Pro’s built-in converter is exactly what you need. Instantly convert images and documents to PDF, merge documents into PDF, and even convert PDFs back into other formats. 

With PDF Pro, you are in control! 

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Arron StaradubDigital Marketing Specialist
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.