How to save nearly anything as a PDF

Mar 2, 2007 - 3 Comments

Here is a great feature that is widely unknown and certainly underused in Mac OS X, the ability to print nearly anything into a PDF document. Well, it’s not so much printing into a document as it is saving one, but you get the idea. I can think of a million uses for this, from ensuring cross platform viewing equality, to saving online tutorials and how-to’s for later reading. If you’ve never done this before, it’s extremely easy to do, and here’s how:

  • Open the document, webpage, or whatever you want to safe as PDF
  • Navigate from the File menu down to “Print”, or hit Command-P
  • In the lower left you will see a “PDF” button, click on it and navigate to “Save as PDF”
  • Your familiar save window will show up, click save

(Refer to the screenshot below if you are confused)

Now the specified document or webpage will be a regular PDF document, easy to transport, send or archive, and able to view identically across all platforms.

Click here for a sample PDF document created this way

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  1. David Macdonald says:

    I have noticed that this doesn’t always work. Some web pages seem to only save in 2/3 pages- truncating the rest of the document! Is there a solution to this?

  2. Mule says:

    that is actually really useful, sweet tip

  3. deck2 says:

    good one, but i use it rarely :)

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