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:

  1. Open the image in Photos.
  2. Press CTRL+P to open the print dialog box.
  3. Click the Printer icon to open a drop-down list. Select Microsoft Print to PDF.
  4. Click Print. A new dialog box will appear, which will show your document with the PDF file extension.
  5. Choose the location for this file and select Save.

On a Mac:

  1. Open the image in Preview.
  2. From the Toolbar, click File, then Export as PDF.
  3. 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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