Saving web page as PDF is one of the methods I use to archive or collect informational articles for my own local library. While bookmarking the page is useful to be able to access the page when I’m online, having a PDF version of the page is useful when I’m offline.
Undoubtedly, you can find many PDF converter software and PDF online converters. Chrome users can even find plenty of Chrome extension to convert web page to PDF. Before you start searching for an extension for this task, though, you probably want to take a look at what the built-in printing capability that Chrome provides.
Take a look at the screenshot below.
Yes, the built-in Chrome printer has the capability to print a web page as PDF.
Press Ctlr + P to open the Print window in Chrome. Or, click on the wrench icon on the top right side of the toolbar, then select “Print” from the drop-down list.
If you don’t find the option to print the page to PDF right away, hit the “Change” button. Find and click on the “Save as PDF” option within the next window.
After testing it for a while with a number of web pages, here is the result:
- Sidebar sections were sometimes missing.
- Only links that are started with http or www are clickable.
- The title of the page is used as the file name by default.
- Some text were missing.
- By default, live link to the web page is added to each PDF page. The link can be found on the left bottom side of every page. You can remove these links by unticking the “Headers and footers” option but this will remove the page number as well.
Note that you can’t expect it to work perfectly for every web page out there. After testing with this blog’s frontpage I tried three other web pages. Sometimes the sidebars were missing sometimes not, and there is nothing I could do about it from within the Print dialog.
- To remove unwanted elements such as sidebar, you might want to utilize tools such as Readability before saving the web page as PDF.
- Sometimes the last page contains nothing important so you probably want to remove the page. If this is what you need, use the page selection feature to choose only the pages that you want to convert.
Indeed, there are a number of converter extensions that lets you save web page as PDF in Chrome with more flexible options, but this Chrome built-in printer is surely come very handy when you’re not using your own computer.