This tutorial shows how to convert web pages and websites to PDFs in Adobe Acrobat.
Why Not Use a Browser Plug-in?
You can use a browser plug-in to convert individual web pages to PDFs. However, Adobe Acrobat lets you convert individual web pages and entire websites to PDFs while offering more control over the process.
This tutorial’s companion video shows all the steps in real time.
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The images below are from Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. These steps also apply to Adobe Acrobat 2020 and Adobe Acrobat 2017. In addition, the steps are the same for PC and Mac. Adobe’s free PDF display software, Acrobat Reader, doesn’t offer a way to convert web pages or websites to PDFs.
How to Convert Web Pages and Websites to PDFs
- Select the File menu.
- Select Create from the drop-down menu.
- Select PDF from Web Page from the submenu.
- Enter the URL for the web page or website into the text box in the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box.
- Select the Capture Multiple Levels button.
- Enter the number of levels in the site you want to convert in the Get only text box. (Enter “1” to convert an individual web page.)
Alternatively, select Get entire site. Please see the important notes below before making your decision.
Important Notes about Conversion Capture
- The levels are based on the hierarchy of the website. For example, the Home page is usually level 1. Pages linked directly from level 1 are level 2, etc.
Each level will appear as a bookmark in Acrobat’s Bookmark panel.
- Only select Get entire site if you know how big the site is because the process of converting large sites can crash Acrobat and your computer.
- (Recommended) Select Stay on same path to ensure Acrobat only converts pages directly attached to the URL.
- (Recommended) Select Stay on same server to prevent Acrobat from converting linked content stored on a separate server.
- (Optional) Select the Settings button for additional options related to page layout and how the HTML code is converted.
- Select the Create button.
The Download Status dialog box will show the conversion progress. This process may take several moments depending on the size of the web page or website.
The new PDF will appear when the conversion process is complete.
- Save your new PDF.
Updated February 27, 2023