The web is a great place to search for instructions, tutorials, recipes and other articles that you may well want to keep after reading them.
You could use an online service such as Pocket to achieve this, but sometimes you may want to download and store the page as a document you can print or share. You never know: the page could get removed, updated or changed, so preserving the information by turning it into a PDF that you can keep is a handy option.
Most web browsers allow you to covert a page into a PDF with only a few clicks, and here’s exactly how to do that in Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
How to save a web page as a PDF in Chrome (desktop)
Open Chrome and navigate to the page you want to save. When you have it on the screen, click on the three dots in the upper right corner. This will open a drop-down menu, from which you’ll want to select Print.
A window will open up showing how the printed version will look. In the panel to the right of the image you’ll see several options. The most important is Destination. Depending on your setup you may see a printer listed here or Save as PDF. If it’s the former, simply click on the field to open the options, then select Save as PDF.
Next, click Save, type in the name you want for the file and which folder it will be sent to, then click Save again and Chrome will now create a PDF version.
How to save a web page as a PDF in Firefox (desktop)
The method is slightly different for Firefox. Open the browser and find the page you want to save, then click on the three lines in the top right corner. From the menu that appears, select Print, then on the next menu click the PDF box in the bottom left corner and select Save as PDF from the list.
You’ll now be asked to give the file a name and where you want to store it. Do this and click Save to finish.
How to save a web page as a PDF in Microsoft Edge (desktop)
As Microsoft Edge is now based on the Chromium platform, it shares many similarities with Google’s Chrome browser. This means that the way to save a PDF is basically the same, all be it with a slight variance at the end.
1. Open Edge and find the web page you require.
2. Click the three dots in the top right corner and select Print.
3. Click the Printer field at the top of the left-hand column and select Save as PDF.
4. Click Save, then choose the name and destination of the file, then click Save again to complete the process.
How to save a web page as a PDF in Chrome (mobile)
If you want to save a web page from your Android device or iPhone, the Chrome browser has an easy way to do so. Open the app and go the web page in question. When there, tap the dots in the top right corner then select Share… from the menu. On the next page, scroll down until you find the Print option.
Tap this and then tap the Select a printer option at the top of the page. Choose Save as PDF then tap the yellow circle with PDF inside followed by Save.
For more ways to work with PDFs you can also read
how to compress a PDF and reduce its file size,
how to extract pages from a PDF for free, as well as our roundup of the
best PDF editors.