This tip comes from Rick Broida's excellent Cheapskate blog on CNet. When Microsoft announced Office for iPad several months ago, it was both a great advance in a lawyer's ability to use an iPad as a laptop replacement and a frustration for the MS Office featuers and functions left out of the iPad version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Exporting to PDF was one of the missing features.
Exporting documents to PDF has become especially important with electronic court filing becoming the norm. Most e-filing systems require or permit filings in PDF format. Fortunately, Microsoft updated the MS Office for iPad apps to allow PDF export, but only as an email attachment. You cannot export directly to your favorite Cloud storage repository such as Dropbox or even Microsoft's own OneDrive service.
Yes, you can email a document to yourself, open it in the iPad's mail function, then use the "open in" feature to get the document to your Cloud storage service, but that is pretty clunky. In his blog post, Broida shows how to use the versatile IFTTT service to create a "recipe" that will allow you to export a document in PDF format as an email attachment that goes directly to your designated Cloud storage provider. I won't go through the steps here because they are clearly listed in Broida's post. If you take the five minutes or so that it requires to set this up now, it will save you time and aggravation later. Until Microsoft releases its next update to Office for iPad, this is a very useful trick.