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How to Convert A Webpage to PDF Without Any Software

When ever we search for “Webpage to PDF converter“, we are bombarded with many paid software’s and online sites. Many of them work great, but my purpose of converting a Webpage into PDF is just for reading. That means, I want my PDF file to be in best readable form, and I want all hyperlinks to be intact for further reading.

Here I’m sharing one trick for converting Webpage to PDF format, which I’m using for some time and it will help you to quickly convert your blog post into PDF files. You can upload these PDF files on free file sharing sites, PDF sites and torrent sites to drive additional free traffic. This is one recent experiment which I’m doing and so far getting good result. I will share the process and case study later, but for now lets learn about this trick.

Convert a Webpage to PDF in Readable form:

Here I will be using Chrome browser on Mac and an online tool call readability. Readability, is a useful tool to convert any page into readable form. It removes all clutters from a web page and shows only content.

Here is a step by step tutorial:

readability shortened link

Click on read now and it will open webpage in readability format. Now, click on File > Print in Chrome and you can set properties for your PDF file. Usually, I prefer to change the layout into Portrait view.

Webpage to PDF conversion

Just click on Save and it will save your Webpage in .PDF format.  You can check the above converted file. Simply, right click on this link and save the file on your desktop.

Using Safari as free WebPage to PDF converter:

Safari browser offers reader option by default and you don’t need to use readability URL shortrener, if you are using Safari. Lets, quickly learn how you can use safari to convert a HTML Webpage into PDF file:

Safari Print icon

  • Open any page in Safari, and once page is loaded. Click on Blue reader icon in the URL field. This will bring up a readability format of a page (ad free and only content focused).
  • Click on Print icon by hovering your mouse on the page you reading with Safari reader. This will bring up the print option for safari, where you can make,many changes like, alignment, page-size. I prefer keeping page size here as A-5 or B5, as it improves the readability in a .PDF file.

Save Webpage as PDF

I have tried both the above tricks on my computer and it hardly takes more than 5 seconds to convert a HTML page into PDF format. I’m sure this will save a lot of time for you to search for 3rd party software’s to convert your Webpages into PDF format. You can also use PDFescape to edit your PDF file online, and make some changes. While converting few HTML files into PDF format, I realize this could be a great way to start creating an eBook from your existing content or you can distribute in many other formats online.

Here is  a video demo for converting a blog post into PDF format  using Chrome:

Do let me know if you find this tip useful or not. Also, if you have additional tips for spicing up converted PDF files, share with me via comments. Don’t forget to share this article on Facebook and Google plus.

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  • Jullie

    Hello, I have tried this free tool: http://kitpdf.com/web_to_pdf/ to convert webpages into pdf documents and the results were satisfying.

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  • Shailendra Singh Bais

    This is the first time listening to your voice. Its very clear. And your way of telling things in simple way. 5 star. Indeed a helpful post.

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  • Sachin

    Indeed a helpful ‘How To Article’, It will be useful to save any blog post in PDF format so we can send it to our friends!! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Ramesh

    Really a helpful article. I will save my favorite article in my desktop and read it whenever i want. Thank you for this :)

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  • Anchit Shethia

    Another great one by you Harsh,
    I was thinking on starting to write an ebook and many of the content was from my previous articles. It would have been boring to copy the same stuff.
    With this i will be able to compile couple of articles together in no times.

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