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Converting Web Pages to PDF

Acrobat can convert a Web page or an entire Web site into a single PDF file. The result is a self-contained PDF version of the original Web page, with all images and graphics intact and with functioning links.

I use this feature to convert online manuals and other documentation into a PDF file that I can keep, read, and search offline.

To convert a single Web page to PDF:

  1. Choose File > Create PDF > From Web Page (Figure 4.11); or, on the Tasks toolbar, choose Create > PDF from Web Page.

    Figure 4.11

    Figure 4.11 Acrobat lets you convert a Web page or an entire Web site into a PDF file.

    Acrobat presents you with the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box (Figure 4.12).

    Figure 4.12

    Figure 4.12 The Create PDF from Web Page dialog box lets you specify the URL of a Web page you want to convert to PDF.

  2. In the URL field, type the complete Web address of the Web page you want to convert to PDF.
  3. If you want to capture part of the entire Web site (that is, not just a single Web page), click the Capture Multiple Levels button, which reveals some more controls (Figure 4.13):

    • In the Get Only field, type the depth to which you want to convert the site. (See the sidebar "Web Site Conversion Settings.")
    • Choose both "Stay on same path" and "Stay on same server."
    Figure 4.13

    Figure 4.13 If you click the Capture Multiple Levels button, you get additional controls that limit the scope of the web page conversion.

  4. Click Create.

    Acrobat displays the Download Status dialog box (Figure 4.14).

    Figure 4.14

    Figure 4.14 As Acrobat converts the Web site to PDF, it shows you how the conversion is progressing.

    When the conversion is finished, Acrobat displays the converted Web page or site in a document window. Note that there will be some differences in the text and graphics when they are converted. These changes are usually comparable to how a page's appearance changes from one Web browser to another.

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