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Quick tech tip: How to save a webpage as a PDF (as is or without the ads)

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When you’re browsing the web, it’s easy to fall down fascinating rabbit holes. Sometimes, you come across a webpage that you want to save to your computer. Sure, you could copy the text or even take screenshots.

Tap or click here to get the best screenshot tool for your computer. But taking screenshots of a cool webpage can be a long and complicated project. Instead, you can get the job done easily by just exporting a website as a PDF on your Mac or Windows computer.

Of course, you might worry about all those ugly ads cluttering the file. Luckily, we know the way you can get rid of those ads so you can focus on the content that drew you in. We even have specific instructions for Mac or Windows users.

How to save a webpage on Safari

If you want to save the webpage exactly as it is, follow these steps:

  1. First, open up Safari.
  2. Go to the menu bar to select File.
  3. Scroll down and select Export as PDF.
  4. You’ll see a new popup window, where you can rename the file and choose the save location.
  5. Hit Save.

Next, let’s go over how you can clean up the webpage before saving the file.

How to save a webpage without ads on Safari

This is a great trick, especially if you plan to print the PDF later. Or, if not, this creates a clean, simple copy that is easy to read. You won’t have to be distracted by weird ads for toe fungus cream or whatever else the web throws your way.

  1. First, open up Safari.
  2. Next, click on View.
  3. Tap Show Reader.
  4. From there, go to File.
  5. Select Export as PDF.
  6. Hit Save.

Now you’re good to go. By saving through the Reader View, you ensured your PDF is easier to read later. When you open the PDF, it will look like a series of pages. Overall, it gives your document a professional look. Plus, it’s a breeze to navigate.

How to save a webpage Google Chrome

This is pretty simple.

To get started just hit the three dots at the top right corner of your screen. (It’s to the right of your icon.) From there, hit Print. This will open up a print preview of the page you’re interested in.

To the right of Destination, you’ll see an option that says Microsoft Print to PDF. Click the drop-down arrow to the right and select Save as PDF. Then, hit Save.

Now you have an ad-free PDF saved to your computer. Even if your internet gives out, you can return to this file for your future reading pleasure.

It’s a little trickier if you want to remove ads from your PDF file, but don’t worry. We’ll walk you through every step of the way.

How to save a webpage without ads on Google Chrome

First, you need to turn on reading mode. By default, Google Chrome’s reading mode is disabled. Luckily, it’s pretty quick to manually enable reader mode on Google Chrome.

To turn on reader view, go to chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode. As you can tell from the screenshot below, it will list reader mode as default. Click the drop-down arrow and select Enabled. Your screen will look like this:

After hitting Enabled, hit Relaunch. This will only take a few seconds.

Now, head to the page you want to save as a PDF and look at your URL box. To the far right, you’ll see a new book icon. Click on that and you can transform any page into a readable format. This removes any distractions from the web page, including ads and scripts.

Once you’ve transformed a page into reader mode, it’s time to save the page as a PDF. To do that, just follow the steps in the previous section and you’re good to go!

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