How to save any website as a .PDF file for viewing offline.

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Jascha Luca
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02.11.2016
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Most people are aware you can now print files to .PDF rather than to paper, fantastic for saving a backup copy of important printable documents digitally. But now thankfully you can do the same with entire websites. If you live in an area with a poor internet service, prone to dropouts, or are an avid traveler and wish to view internet pages whilst flying and don’t wish to pay for inflight internet, which almost always costs an arm and a leg, this is a great little trick for keeping you in the loop. So let’s get started on the how to of it all.   

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Using Windows Edges print function to save a website as .PDF file.

For nearly all the browsers available the simplest and best way to save a webpage is to use the print function. You can access the print menu from the “...” tab in the top right corner of Microsoft’s Edge browser, or alternatively just press “Ctrl+P” You will now be greeted with the Windows print manager window. Under the drop down tab labeled printer select “Microsoft print to .PDF” Adjust the other settings to fit your preference. This will save all the pages in the current open webpage. If you are using an older version of Edge (Internet Explorer) the print menu is going to look somewhat different but still include the same options.

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When using Safari on Mac to save a website as a .PDF file.

If you are instead using Mac and Safari as your web browser we will still be using the print option. However it is a little different to the Windows Edge version of instruction. Safari is much better for saving .PDF’s from websites because it has a lot more options available. Especially in the ways that they are transferable between people and devices.

Step one. Open the webpage you wish to print. Go to the top click “file” then “print” or alternatively again “Cmd+P” to open the print window. Next scroll on down to the lower  left hand corner where it shows .PDF, open this drop down menu, it will show quite a few different options “save to cloud” ect. We will be selecting “Save to .PDF” selected a location you wish to save to and name the file and you are done.

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Saving webpages to .PDF using the Google Chrome browser.

Chrome is slightly different. There is no file menu, so head over to the top right hand side of your chrome browser, click the “...” (which are actually vertical)  click print, which is about halfway down the menu, click change and make sure that it is set to save as .PDF.  You can once again change some of the settings reflecting how the page is going to save when in PDF format. Save and you are once again done.

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Saving webpages to .PDF using any android smartphone or tablet.

Saving .PDF files can also be done using your android phone or tablet, however, it isn’t as simple. First you will have to download an extra bit of kit. You will need to go to the Google Play Store and download an app called “UrlToPDF” You can also use an APK file if you are familiar with this technique. Once you have the app installed, visit the page you wish to save, copy the link and paste it into “UrlToPDF”  once the link is in click convert and everything is done. As with all the other ways you can customise some of the settings before saving to .PDF.

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How to Install apps to your android devices using APK files.      

The last and final method available for saving webpages from the internet to .PDF file for viewing offline at a later time is using Adobe’s PDF toolbar. This is only available to those who pay for a description, and uses Adobe’s PDF toolbar add on for browsers. This method is quick fast and simple, but it isn’t free…..

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