Q: Why can’t I print screen as a PDF?
Learn more about print screen image file formats and how to work around them to turn your screenshots into easy-to-share PDFs.
The print screen tool is a handy way to take a picture of what’s currently on your computer screen. Also known as a screenshot or screengrab, it’s ideal for sharing images with others or saving something you want to refer back to later. Because a print screen is an image, your computer will automatically save it in an image file format — typically as a JPG or PNG. Sometimes, though, you may want to convert it to a different file type.
Make a print screen easily shareable as a PDF.
A PDF is one of the most common and shareable file formats in use today. You can open this file from anywhere — on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device — and view it with ease. For this reason, you may want to save and send your print screens in a more shareable format. You can convert your file format with a quick online tool, or follow these steps on a PC or Mac.
On a PC:
- Open the image in Photos.
- Press CTRL+P to open the print dialog box.
- Click the Printer icon to open a drop-down list. Select Microsoft Print to PDF.
- Click Print. A new dialog box will appear, which will show your document with the PDF file extension.
- Choose the location for this file and select Save.
On a Mac:
- Open the image in Preview.
- From the Toolbar, click File, then Export as PDF.
- Name your file, choose its location, and click Save.
Once you convert your print screen to a PDF, you’re all set and ready to share.
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