Convert a Word document to PDF in SharePoint Online

A frequently asked question from my clients is how they can get a PDF from a Word file in a document library. Until now I told them to open there file in Word and select the “Export to PDF” function.

This was a kind of complex thing to do. Today I discovered a faster way to do this without opening the file in Word first.

When you preview the file in the document library there is a (hidden) option to get the PDF:

It still should be easier to get the PDF from a Word file but this is a good way to start.