By Megon VenterTue. 09 Apr. 20243min Read

How to Make a QR Code for a PDF

In this guide, we will walk you through the simple steps on how to make a QR code for a PDF or convert your file to an image to do so.
How to Make a QR Code for a PDF

QR codes have become an indispensable tool for quickly sharing information. They offer a convenient way to link physical and digital content seamlessly.


If you have a PDF document that you want to share digitally or print out, adding a QR link can make it easy for others to access the file with just a scan.

Megon Venter
Blog Author - B2B SaaS Content Writer
Megon is a B2B SaaS Content Writer with 7 years of experience in content strategy and execution. Her expertise lies in the creation of document management tutorials and product comparisons.

How to Make a QR Code for a PDF

Our team is well-experienced in creating a range of marketing campaign materials. One of these is of course, an easily scannable code that directly leads to your document. Read on to create your own!

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Step 1: Choose a QR Code Generator

There are several online code generators available, each offering similar functionality. Choose one that suits your preferences. Some popular options include QR Code Monkey, QR Code Generator, and QR Code Chimp.


Step 2: Select the Content Type

Once you've selected a code generator, choose the content type. Since we're creating a QR code for a PDF, select "URL" or "File" as the content type, depending on the options provided by the generator.

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Step 3: Upload Your PDF File

If the generator allows you to upload files directly, select your PDF document from your computer or cloud storage. If the generator requires a URL, upload your PDF to a file-sharing service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, and copy the sharing link.


Step 4: Generate the QR Code

After uploading your PDF file or entering the URL, click the "Generate" button. The generator will create a unique code that corresponds to your PDF document.


Step 5: Download or Copy the Code

Once you're satisfied with the code design, download it to your computer or copy the image to use it elsewhere. Ensure that the code is clear and high-quality to ensure accurate scanning.


Step 6: Test the QR Image Code

Before distributing the code, it's essential to test it to ensure that it properly links to your PDF document. Use a code scanner app on your smartphone or tablet to scan the code and verify that it directs you to the correct file.


Step 7: Distribute and Share

Once you've confirmed that the code works correctly, you can distribute it digitally or incorporate it into printed materials such as flyers, posters, business cards, or product packaging. Share the code with your target audience, making it easy for them to access your PDF document with a simple scan.


How to Convert Your PDF to an Image

If you find yourself encountering a situation where the above process for creating PDF QR codes only works with an image, not a PDF file, you can easily convert your marketing materials to JPG or similar using PDF Reader Pro. 


Step 1: Open Your PDF

Click "Open File" or drag and drop into the Home interface.


Step 2: Click "Converter"

Select "To Image" from the menu bar.

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Step 3: Select the Output

Click "Convert" to finalize the process.

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With these straightforward steps, you can effortlessly create a code linking to your PDF document, streamlining the process of sharing digital content and enhancing user accessibility.

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