4 Unexpected Ways to Convert a URL to PDF

Doing research and work online puts infinite resources at your fingertips. When it comes time to save those resources to your computer, you may find yourself at a loss. If you’re only familiar with saving HTML, copying text into word processors, and taking screenshots, you might be surprised to learn that you can convert a URL to PDF format.

This ability lets professionals and students studying websites take their work on the go, even if they can’t access the internet. Take a look at these four ways you can convert webpages to PDFs.

1. Use C# to Create PDFs with IronPDF

IronPDF is a tool that lets you convert file formats using the coding language C#. There aren’t many C# create PDF tools out there, and this company has perfected theirs to the point that powerful organizations like NASA and GE use it. 

If you work in C# and want to create PDFs using that code, this is the way to go. It also lets you convert other file formats to PDF, and is a way to convert PDFs to image files.

2. Print a Webpage to a PDF

Many web browsers allow you to “print” a webpage to a PDF. While it’s something you access by clicking “print,” it’s more like saving any other page. Using the print function allows you to choose whether you want the headers and footers on the page.

You can also select whether or not you want to preserve background images and if you want the page saved in portrait or landscape format.

3. Export a URL to PDF With Safari

If you’re looking at a page on Safari on a Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later, there’s an “export as PDF” option in the “file” menu. With earlier Mac OS, you can use “save as” to convert the page to a PDF. These methods might change the format of the pages you save.

4. Adobe Acrobat Pro Turns Whole Sites Into PDFs

If you want to save an entire website as a PDF, Adobe Acrobat Pro may be the way to go. It’s a bit pricier than many of these options, as that’s the paid version of Adobe Acrobat. 

If you check the box to save more than one “level” of a website, you can save all the pages linked to in a site, and even all the pages linked to in those sites. You can also straight-up save an entire site. If you’re worried about moderators taking a webpage off the internet, this could be useful.

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Now that you know how to convert a URL to PDF, you can save information from webpages without worrying about copying the text and images you value into word processing software or taking screenshots. If some of these ideas surprised you, you won’t believe some of the other news on this site. We have all you need to stay up-to-date with the most interesting and exciting technology news. Take a look around and find digital solutions to all kinds of everyday problems.