If you have Office 2007 or Office 2010 installed, you can use the new build feature to save a document, spreadsheet, or Access report as a PDF.If you are using an ealier version of Office or other Windows software, you can install software that will act like a printer that will take the output sent toa printer and save it as a PDF file.
There are some excellent products that you can purchase. If all you need are basic features then I would urge you to check out Primo PDF (click here). 
Installing PrimoPDF is very simple. Once installed, when you go to print from any Windows applic ation, simply select the printer named PrimiPDF. One of the great feature of PrimoPDF is that you can select the post processiong action to email. This will create the PDF and automatically open a new email message with the new PDF automatically attached.