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Introduction:
When we find useful material online and want to download it for further use, the "Save page as" feature in your browser might  pop in mind. However, this method exports a web page in HTML rather than PDF.
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It is convenient to view a web page offline as a PDF file. Saving web pages as local PDF files enables users to access and view the pages even when offline, making it easier to mark up or print them without the internet connection. In this post, we will show you how to save a web page as a PDF.

How to Save a Web Page as a PDF File with Desktop Software

We are going to introduce several software programs for both Windows and Mac to help output a web page as a PDF document, including professional PDF programs and web browsers.

Foxit PDF

Foxit PDF is a dedicated PDF program on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. It is equipped with a full set of PDF tools to tackle PDF-related issues, such as converting, editing, commenting, rearranging, and signing. As an eligible PDF creator, Foxit PDF has the ability to create a PDF from templates, existing files, scanners, and web pages. Below is the easiest instruction to turn a web page into a PDF document:

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Step 1: Download and install Foxit PDF on your PC. Launch the program and click on File tab to choose Create;

Step 2: In the Create pop-up menu, select From Web Page;

Step 3: When you are directed to Create PDF from Web Page, type the URL on the bar, and hit the Settings button;

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Step 4: On the Web Page Conversion Settings window, you can choose to convert the first level or the entire site. If the web page you want to save is in a landscape orientation, click Page Layout to change the page size, orientation, scaling, or media style. Next, navigate to OK to complete the conversion process.

Although the whole process seems a little tricky, the conversion results are excellent, like a copy of the original web page, which maintains the images, layout, and format. If this is, what’s needed, then Foxit PDF will never let you down.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is not only a PDF viewer, printer, but a web page to PDF converter. This free of charge converter can process simple tasks as long as the web pages have not complicated elements, such as animation, video, sophisticated design and layout. Let’s see how Chrome serves as a free web page to PDF converter:

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and navigate to the web page you need to export;

Step 2: Press Ctrl + P button or click on the Menu (three vertical dots) to choose Print;

Step 3: In the Print page, change the Destination to Save as PDF and the Layout to Landscape from Portrait since most web pages are horizontally placed;

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Step 4: Select More settings to change the page size from default A4 to A3. Then hit the Save button to export this PDF.

Note:From the Print settings, users can select which pages to convert, margins and scale, and whether to keep footers and headers or background colors.

Aside from this built-in printer to save a web page as a PDF, extensions in Chrome Web Store will help with this conversion task. If you’d like to turn to browsers for help, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera are good and easy to use by printing the web page to a PDF.

Save as PDF

Save as PDF is an extension on Google Chrome Web Store. Based on the free service provided by PDFCrowd.com, Save as PDF can easily convert web pages into a PDF with only several steps:

Step 1: Install the extension and open the website you need to convert;

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Step 2: Click on the Extensions button on top right corner of your Chrome, then choose Save as PDF;

Step 3: After several seconds, the extension will automatically convert this web page into an individual PDF.

In spite of the easy-to-use browser extension being free, the conversion is overshadowed by Google Chrome itself or Foxit PDF. All the image files on the web pages will not be retained, a fact thatmakes this newly converted PDF a complete one. Of course users can customize conversion settings but it needs a browser licence which costs USD 12.95 per year.

Tips:Adobe Acrobat is one of the good extensions in practice, however it needs registration and login when converting web pages to PDFs.

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How to Save a Web Page to a PDF File on Apple Device

Safari

Like Google Chrome, MacBook and iOS users have their own native browser — Safari. This is a graphical web browser developed for Apple devices. The biggest strength of Safari is the Sharing button that enables users to easily share a website via frequently used apps, built-in printers, and messaging. The most convenient feature is that Safari makes the webpage to PDF conversions too simple.

Take a look at how easy it is to save a webpage into a PDF on Apple device:

Step 1: Open the webpage you need to convert using Safari;

Step 2: Tap the Share button at the bottom of the webpage and click Print;

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Step 3: Change Page Size and Orientation when necessary. Mostly, web pages are horizontally designed, it is therefore strongly suggested to choose A3 and Landscape.  

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Step 4: When ready, perform a zoom in gesture on the preview. After you are directed to the thumbnails of the new PDF, hit the Share button on the bottom left again to export this PDF. Users can save this PDF into a local folder, the clipboard, or other applications.

This method is applicable to all Apple devices. No matter whether you are using Macbook, iPad, or iPhone, turning a web page to an intact PDF has never been so easy.

When it comes to Android phones, we suggest using Google Chrome or professional PDF applications to tackle this task. In addition, some online PDF converters can be put into practice.

How to Save a Web Page Online

If all you need is a one-stop tool to quickly and easily convert a web page to a PDF, online PDF converters may be of huge help.

Webtopdf

Personally, this web-based converter has left me a good impression thanks to the clear user interface and eye-friendly color matching style. It is equipped with different capabilities, such as webpage to PDF and image. More importantly, this webpage to PDF converter can merge, split, compress, and protect PDFs:

Step 1: Before converting, users can click Options to change relevant settings, including page and conversion, permission management, and watermarking;

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Step 2: Copy and paste the URL on the blank area and then hit the Convert button to start the conversion;

Step 3: Select Download to save this web page as a PDF file.

Webtopdf is free of cost which means the service is open to both groups or individuals. That is to say, this website relies on third-party ads to make profits, which is totally understandable.  

Wrapping Up

Relatively speaking, online tools, which are accessible and free without complicated registration processes, are the most convenient solution to save a web page as a PDF. A comprehensive PDF program is all you need, try a desktop software as it can integrate more features and provide accurate conversion results.

Roche

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Roche has been an active PDF user for 6 years and tried different types of professional PDF tools (both online and desktop version) since at his bachelor degree. Now, Roche works as a columnist for SwifDoo PDF over the course of the last one year, and provides useful and practical solutions pertaining to various PDF topics for users from different features.