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I would have thought this was one of Goodreader's many tricks, but it doesn't seem to be the case.

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If you have network access you could send it to Google Docs (upload, email, whatever) and then fetch the PDF from there.

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You could open it in pages and then export to .pdf.

Source: Experience and Apple Website

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I went through this same hassle and it prompted me to write a tutorial on it. A summary:

  1. Preview the attachment in the Mail app.
  2. Open the attachment from Mail into GoodReader.
  3. Connect GoodReader to Google Docs.
  4. Upload your doc from GoodReader to Google Docs.
  5. Open up the Google Docs site in Safari.
  6. Open your Word file in Safari in Google Docs.
  7. Switch to the desktop version of the Google Docs site.
  8. Download the file as a PDF.
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While this may answer the question, it is best to summarize the contents of the link and provide the link for reference. Links have a tendency disappear over time, leaving a non-applicable answer for those who may stumble upon your answer in the future. – daviesgeek Aug 3 '12 at 16:44
Good call, @daviesgeek -- I added a brief description of each step. – Sarah Vessels Aug 11 '12 at 2:30
Thanks so much! It helps a lot! – daviesgeek Aug 11 '12 at 2:48

Get Notability - connect to Google Docs, it will convert on opening the file into a PDF all on your ipad, no need for a desktop.

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You can open doc, docx files in Accurate Documents Viewer and then convert them to PDF or print. This app opens documents as precisely as MS Office 365.

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Tried the notability way. It worked. Thanks Anthony.

The steps I followed on iPad-

  1. Download Notability (I already had it for work reasons. It costs $2.99)
  2. Sync Notability to Google Drive
  3. Open Word Document from email in Notability. It auto-converted the document to Pdf.
  4. Email the document back from Notability to Email as Pdf.

Additional steps I followed since I needed to sign and date the document-

  1. Open the document from email in GoodReader (Already had it for work reasons. Costs $4.99)
  2. Sign and date the document in GoodReader and email to the recipient.
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Probably the easiest way to convert a Word Document to a PDF is to use Word Online, part of the free Office Online suite from Microsoft.

Once your .doc or .docx file is open, you just select "Download as PDF" and you have your PDF file.

This solution requires no 3rd party apps and does everything within the browser for free.

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Simple, local, free solution on the device - no online cloud services required

The solution is to open the file in the App Microsoft Word available in the Apple Appstore. Then in the MS Word iOS App, when the document is opened, goto "Print" - "in another App" and Word will convert the docx document to a pdf and open it in another app. (This seems to work even with the free readonly version of MS Word)

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