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Converting Screen Shots to PDF

PDF from Screen Capture is a Macintosh-only feature. When it’s selected, Acrobat lets you capture the contents of a window, a region, or an entire screen to a PDF file. This is convenient for people who write computer documentation.

The directions below all send you to the Create button in the Quick Tools toolbar; keep in mind that these commands are also available in the File > Create submenu.

To capture an entire screen to PDF:

  1. In the Quick Tools toolbar, choose Create > PDF from Screen Capture circle-a.jpg.

    After a moment, Acrobat presents you with a document window containing an image of the entire screen.

  2. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.

To capture a window to PDF:

  1. In the Quick Tools toolbar, choose Create > PDF from Window Capture.

    The mouse pointer changes to a camera circle-b.jpg. As the pointer moves over the windows open on the screen, the current window turns blue.

  2. Click the window whose contents you want to capture.

    A document opens, containing an image of the window you clicked.

  3. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.

To capture a region of the desktop to PDF:

  1. In the Quick Tools toolbar, choose Create > PDF from Selection Capture.

    The pointer changes to a crosshair.

  2. Click and drag a rectangular marquee around the area you want to capture. Acrobat uses a nonstandard marquee with this tool: You drag out a light gray area on the screen circle-c.jpg.

    Acrobat presents you with a document containing the contents of the region you enclosed circle-d.jpg.

  3. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.
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