Convert Web Pages to PDF Files - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5 can capture web content such as news stories or business information and turn it into a PDF file. You can convert a single web page or a whole web site.

If you want to convert only a single page and are using Internet Explorer, click the Convert Web Page to PDF button. This step converts the current web page to a PDF. If you want to convert more than a single page, follow these steps from within Acrobat (not your Web browser):

1From the Acrobat main menu, choose File→Create PDF→From Web Page.

The Create PDF from Web Page dialog box opens.

2In the URL text box, enter the URL for the website you want to convert to PDF.

Use the top level URL. You will select additional pages in the next step.

3Click the Capture Multiple Levels button.

This tells Acrobat to capture additional pages that are linked from the main page you are capturing.

4Select either Stay On Same Path or Stay on Same Server.

Select the Stay On Same Path check box if you want only pages from the entered URL converted to PDF.

Select the Stay On Same Server check box to download only pages that are on the same server as the entered URL.

Be cautious about selecting the Get Entire Site radio button instead of the Get Only radio button. The Get Entire Site option may take an enormous amount of time and not have any relevance to what you need.

5Click the Settings button.

The Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box opens so you can see accepted file types and change PDF settings.

6Click the Page Layout tab.

On the Page Layout tab of the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box, you can make changes to page size, orientation, and margins if the web page requires a wider or longer layout.

7When you’re done making changes in the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box, click OK.

You are returned to the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box.

8In the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box, click the Create button to generate a PDF.

The Downloading Status window opens, showing the rate of download.

When the download is complete, the Web page (for the entered URL) selected appears as a PDF document, with hyperlinks (links to other pages within the site) intact. When links on the converted web page are selected, you can open the linked page either in Acrobat or the web browser.