Save Blog Posts and Website Articles as PDF Files from your Web Browser

Nowadays, the Internet becomes the first source of information, and there is no way to forget that. No matter what information you want to search, everything is organized, and well created if you spend some time with Google. But sometimes, when you find good articles, and you want to save them, things can be confusing for many people.

Luckily, Google Chrome and many web browsers let you print the full-page, or even, the article content only as a PDF file and save it locally.

From a web page to PDF instantly

To get started, visit the page that you want to save, then, you will have two options to use. You can save the full webpage as it looks like in your browser, and the second one is to print a selection as a PDF file, and that’s what I recommend in all cases.

People need to focus on the post content and not the other elements, like the website sidebars and advertisements.

So, select the full article and then, right-click and you will see the below example.

Blog post to PDF

You have to click Print and the full selection will be converted into another window that lets you choose extra options if you need it.

Because of the layout of blog posts, and even, long articles, it’s recommended to save the file size as a ”Letter”. However, you can choose any other options like A3, A4, and others. Let the margins as default and make sure to leave all the other options as they are.

For example, you need to add the background images to the PDF, and only use the section if you want the exact content to be printed.

Saving articles as PDF files

Finally, click the “Save” button at the top left corner of the page, and then, the selected post area will be converted into a PDF file, directly from your web browser.

For Internet Explorer, it’s the same thing. Just select the post content, or simply, right-click and then, use the Print option. If you have a PDF reader or creator in your local machine, you will see the option there.

Saving a page as PDF in Firefox

For Firefox, you need to click the menu tab at the top right corner of the page. Then, select ”Print” as the below screenshot.

Printing PDF in Firefox

Next, play around with options like the layout and the page content. When you’re happy with your page display, click the ”Print” button at the top of the window, and you will be able to save the file locally.

The great thing about using Firefox for this case is that you can optimize the PDF file by adding all the information that you need.

For example, there are options to create the title and to add some keywords, or and the creator details if you want. The document information will be useful if you want to submit the document to websites or send them in your emails.

Please make sure to verify our computer settings and display options, if you can’t print colored documents. In many cases, people get the wrong colors because they have a low-resolution screen, and even, the wrong colors.

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Fathi Arfaoui is a Physicist, Blogger and the founder of He shares Business, WordPress and Blogging tips to build a better blog and succeed online.

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