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Converting web pages to PDF

  1. Acrobat User Guide
  2. Introduction to Acrobat
    1. Access Acrobat from desktop, mobile, web
    2. What's new in Acrobat
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    4. System Requirements
  3. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Opening and viewing PDFs
      1. Opening PDFs
      2. Navigating PDF pages
      3. Viewing PDF preferences
      4. Adjusting PDF views
      5. Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs
      6. Display PDF in browser
    3. Working with online storage accounts
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    7. Asian, Cyrillic, and right-to-left text in PDFs
  4. Creating PDFs
    1. Overview of PDF creation
    2. Create PDFs with Acrobat
    3. Create PDFs with PDFMaker
    4. Using the Adobe PDF printer
    5. Converting web pages to PDF
    6. Creating PDFs with Acrobat Distiller
    7. Adobe PDF conversion settings
    8. PDF fonts
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    1. Edit text in PDFs
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    11. Action Wizard (Acrobat Pro)
    12. PDFs converted to web pages
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    14. PDF articles
    15. Geospatial PDFs
    16. Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
    17. Change the default font for adding text
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    12. About forms tracker
    13. PDF forms help
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  8. Combining files
    1. Combine or merge files into single PDF
    2. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    3. Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
    4. Crop PDF pages
    5. Add watermarks to PDFs
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    7. Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
    8. Publish and share PDF Portfolios
    9. Overview of PDF Portfolios
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    3. Preparing for a PDF review
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    6. Participating in a PDF review
    7. Add comments to PDFs
    8. Adding a stamp to a PDF
    9. Approval workflows
    10. Managing comments | view, reply, print
    11. Importing and exporting comments
    12. Tracking and managing PDF reviews
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    1. Saving PDFs
    2. Convert PDF to Word
    3. Convert PDF to JPG
    4. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    5. File format options for PDF export
    6. Reusing PDF content
  11. Security
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    2. Securing PDFs with passwords
    3. Manage Digital IDs
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    6. Removing sensitive content from PDFs
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    8. Choosing a security method for PDFs
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    10. Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager
    11. Protected View feature for PDFs
    12. Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
    13. JavaScripts in PDFs as a security risk
    14. Attachments as security risks
    15. Allow or block links in PDFs
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    1. Create and verify PDF accessibility
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    4. Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features
    5. Edit document structure with the Content and Tags panels
    6. Creating accessible PDFs
  15. Searching and indexing
    1. Creating PDF indexes
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    1. Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
    2. Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
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    8. Adding multimedia to PDFs
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    9. Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool
    10. Additional checks in the Preflight tool
    11. Preflight libraries
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  19. Color management
    1. Keeping colors consistent
    2. Color settings
    3. Color-managing documents
    4. Working with color profiles
    5. Understanding color management

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Web pages and PDFs

You can convert web pages to PDF by using either the Adobe Acrobat desktop application or the Adobe Acrobat browser extension. When you install Acrobat on your machine, the browser extension is automatically installed alongside it.


To convert Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) language web pages to PDF on a Roman (Western) system in Windows, you must have installed the CJK language support files while installing Acrobat. Also, it is preferable to select an appropriate encoding from the HTML conversion settings.

Convert web pages to PDF using the Adobe Acrobat browser extension

Enabling the Adobe Acrobat extension in your browser allows you to access Adobe Acrobat PDF tools directly on the web, including the option to convert web pages to PDF. Once enabled, the Acrobat PDF creation toolbar is added to your browser, and you can use the tools to view, fill, comment, sign, and compress PDFs. The option to create a PDF is also available in the context menu.

To convert a webpage to PDF, do the following:

  1. Open a web page in the browser or refresh any existing tab with a web page loaded. The extension is enabled once the web page is completely downloaded.

  2. Select the Adobe Acrobat icon displayed in the upper-right corner of the browser toolbar, and then choose Convert webpage to PDF.
    Using the Convert menu on the, do any of the following:

    • To create a PDF from the currently open web page, choose Convert webpage to PDF. Then select a location, type a filename, and select Save.

    • To add a PDF of the currently open web page to another PDF, choose Add to existing PDF. Then locate and select the existing PDF, and select Save.

    • To explore Acrobat online services to convert and combine files in your browser select Create PDF Online.

  3. Provide the file name in the Save As dialog box, then select Save. The web page is converted to PDF, and then the PDF opens in Acrobat.


The right-click menu includes the Adobe Acrobat PDF edit, convert, sign tools option. Within this menu, when you select either Convert Web Page to PDF, or Add Web Page to Existing PDF option, the currently open web page, not the selected link, is converted.

Convert web pages to PDF in Acrobat

Although you can convert an open web page to PDF using the Adobe Acrobat browser extension, you get additional options when you run the conversion from the Acrobat desktop application. For example, you can include an entire website in the PDF or just some levels of a website.

Convert a web page to PDF

  1. Open Acrobat and in the global bar, select CreateWeb Page.

  2. Enter the complete path to the web page, or select Browse and locate an HTML file.

  3. To specify the number of levels on the website to convert, select Capture multiple levels. Enter the number of levels to include, or select Get entire site to include all levels from the website.


    Some websites have hundreds or even thousands of pages. Converting a large website can make your system slow and unresponsive, and can even use up available hard drive space and memory, causing a system crash. It’s a good idea to begin by downloading one level of pages and then go through them to find particular links to download.

  4. If Get N level(s) is selected, select one or both of the following options:

    Stay on same path

    Downloads only web pages subordinate to the specified URL.

    Stay on same server

    Downloads only web pages stored on the same server.

  5. Select Advanced settings, change the selected options in the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box as needed, and select OK.

  6. Select Create.


    You can view PDF pages while they are downloading; however, you cannot modify a page until the download process is complete.

You do not need to wait for the conversion to complete before adding more requests. While a conversion is in progress, you can convert another page to PDF and that gets added to the queue. The number of requests in the queue are indicated by the Pending Conversions field in the Download Status dialog box.

Add an unlinked web page to an existing PDF

Use this procedure to append pages to a writable PDF. If the original PDF is read-only, the result will be a new PDF rather than new pages in the existing PDF.

  1. Open the existing PDF in Acrobat (the PDF to which you want to append a web page).
  2. From the global bar, select the Edit mega verb> Organize Pages > Insert > From web page.

  3. Enter the URL to the web page you want to append and select options, as described for converting web pages to PDF, and then select Add.

  4. Once the web page is converted to PDF, you see the Insert Page dialog box. Choose exactly where you want to add this page to the existing PDF, then select OK.

Add a linked web page to an existing PDF

  1. Open the previously converted PDF in Acrobat. If necessary, scroll to the page containing links to the pages you want to add.
  2. Right-click the web link, and choose Append to Document.


    After pages have been converted, links to these pages change to internal links, and clicking a link takes you to the PDF page, rather than to the original HTML page on the web.

Convert a linked web page to a new PDF

  1. Open the previously converted PDF in Acrobat. If necessary, scroll to the page containing a web link you want to convert.
  2. Right-click the web link, and choose Open Weblink as New Document.


In Windows, you can also convert a linked page from a web page in a browser using a similar right-click command.

Use this procedure to copy the path for a web link to the clipboard, to use it for other purposes.

  1. Open the previously converted PDF in Acrobat. If necessary, scroll to the page containing links to the pages you want to copy.
  2. Right-click the web link and choose Copy Link Location.

Change web page conversion options

The settings for converting web pages to PDF apply to the conversion process. The settings changes do not affect existing PDFs.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the browser toolbar, select the Adobe Acrobat extension and then select Conversion settings.
    • From the global bar in Acrobat, choose Create > Web page, and then select Advanced settings.
    • From Acrobat, choose All tools > Create a PDF > Web Page, then select Advanced settings.
  2. On the General tab, select options under Conversion Settings and PDF Settings, as needed. Select the Settings button to view additional options for the selected File Type.

  3. On the Page Layout tab, select options for Page Size, Orientation, and Scaling, as needed, and select OK.

Web page conversion options

You can access the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box from both the Adobe Acrobat browser extension and Acrobat desktop application.

General tab

Conversion Settings

Specifies the conversion settings for HTML and Text. Choose a file type and click Settings to select the font properties and other characteristics.

Create Bookmarks

Creates a tagged bookmark for each converted web page using the page title (HTML Title element) as the bookmark name. If the page has no title, the URL is used as the bookmark name.

Create PDF Tags

Stores a structure in the PDF that corresponds to the HTML structure of the web pages. This structure lets you create tagged bookmarks for paragraphs, list elements, and other items that use HTML elements.

Place Headers And Footers On New Page

Places a header and footer on every page. Headers show the web page title, or if no title is available, the web page URL or file path. Footers show the web page URL or file path, and the date and time of the download.

Page Layout tab

The Page Layout options specify a selection of page sizes and options for width, height, margin measurements, and page orientation.

The Scaling options are as follows:

Scale Wide Contents To Fit Page

Rescales the contents of a page, if necessary, to fit the width of the page. If this option is not selected, the paper size adjusts to fit the contents of the page, if necessary.

Switch To Landscape If Scaled Smaller Than

Changes the page orientation to landscape if the new version of a page is less than the specified percentage of the original size. Available only if you selected portrait orientation.

HTML Conversion Settings

This dialog box opens when you select HTML on the General tab of the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box and then click the Settings button.

Default Encoding

Lets you specify the following options:

Default Encoding

Sets the input encoding of the file text from a menu of operating systems and alphabets.


Ignores any encoding that is specified in the HTML source file and uses the selection shown in the Default Encoding option.

When Page Doesn’t Specify Encoding

Uses the selection shown in the Default Encoding option only if the HTML source file does not specify a type of encoding.

Language Specific Font Settings

Use these settings to change the language script, body text typeface, and base typeface size.

Default Colors

Sets the default colors for text, page backgrounds, and web links. Click the color button to open a palette and select the color. To use these colors in the PDF, select Force These Settings For All Pages. When this option is unselected, the default colors are applied only for pages that don't have a specified color scheme.

Multimedia Content

Determines whether to disable multimedia capture, embed multimedia files when possible, or link to multimedia (such as SWF files) by URL.

Retain Page Background

Specifies whether to display colors and tiled images in page backgrounds and colors in table cells. If options are deselected, converted web pages sometimes look different than they do in a web browser, but are easier to read when printed.

Convert Images

Includes images in the conversion to PDF.

Underline Links

Underlines textual web links on the pages.

Expand Scrollable Blocks

Expands scrollable blocks to include complete information on the converted PDF.

Text Settings

Input Encoding

Sets the input encoding of the text for a file.

Language Specific Font Settings

Use these settings to change the language script, body text typeface, and base typeface size.

Default Colors

Sets the default colors for text and page backgrounds. Click the color button to open a palette, and select the color.

Wrap Lines At Margin

Inserts a soft return when the text reaches the edge of the text area on the page.


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