When to convert HTML pages to PDFs.

Store, share, and review HTML web pages offline by converting them to PDFs. It’s easy and fast with Adobe Acrobat PDF tools.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the system that governs the structure and layout of most websites. Whether you’re a student, teacher, designer, small-business owner, or online shopper, sometimes you need to make an HTML page portable and searchable.

With HTML-to-PDF conversion, you can:

  • Share web pages in presentations and projects
  • Save a content-rich page without losing formatting or links
  • Collect ideas for a lookbook without losing image quality
  • Download long newspaper or magazine articles
  • Save and store and digitize online receipts or order confirmations

How to convert HTML files to PDFs.

Whether you use a Mac or Windows computer, the Adobe Acrobat desktop app, or the Acrobat extension for your web browser, learning how to convert HTML to PDF is easy. Customize the Conversion Settings to change page size, orientation, or scaling. Create tagged bookmarks or PDF tags that keep the HTML structure of the web page throughout the HTML conversion process. Add headers, footers, and more.

Convert web pages with the Acrobat plug-in.

How to convert HTML to PDF quickly using the Acrobat extension for your web browser:

1. Open the HTML web page in your Microsoft, Google, or Mozilla browser.

2. Select Convert to PDF in the Adobe PDF toolbar.

3. Name the file and save the new PDF file in your desired location.

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Convert web pages with Acrobat.

For more options, convert the web page to PDF in the Acrobat desktop app. You can convert linked or unlinked web pages to new PDFs or append them to existing PDF documents. Include an entire website with the HTML code or just particular levels of the website. (A level describes where a page is located in a website’s hierarchy. Think of each click you make deeper into a site away from the main URL as a level.)

To convert a specific number of levels in a website:

1. Open Acrobat and choose Tools › Create PDF › Web Page.

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

3. Click Capture Multiple Levels and enter the number of levels to include. (Avoid converting more levels than you need, as that may use up hard drive space and slow down your system.)

4. If you select Get Only N Level(s), select Stay on Same Path to download only web pages subordinate to the specified URL, or select Stay on Same Server to download only web pages stored on the same server.

5. Click Settings/Advanced Settings, change the selected options in the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog box as needed, and click OK.

6. Click Create.

Example of converting an HTML page to PDF with Adobe Acrobat
Example of the different file conversion options such as HTML to PDF in Adobe Acrobat

Explore more options to convert an HTML to a PDF.

Customize the web page HTML converter options in the desktop app or with the Acrobat extension. Create tagged bookmarks, or set tags so the PDF document structure matches the HTML document structure. Under the Page Layout tab, set the page width, height, margin measurements, and page orientation. Avoid surprise page breaks by choosing whether to scale contents to fit the page or changing the paper size to fit the content.

Why PDF is the right file format.

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are perfect for maintaining text formatting and the sharpness of charts, graphs, and high-quality photos. They meet ISO image standards so you know your colors will stay true. Others who open your files using a PDF viewer such as Acrobat Reader will see your content exactly as you intended.

When you export HTML to PDF, you don’t lose the HTML file or associated files like JPEG or PNG images, cascading style sheets, text files, image maps, or forms. Image links, image maps, and media files will appear and function as they did on the web (except for GIFs, which will appear as still images of the last frame).

A converted web page retains the functionality of a PDF, so you can extract text and add PDF bookmark tags to make information easier to find. You can combine PDF documents or multiple file types into a single PDF and share with a link to collaborate or get feedback from multiple reviewers.

Put your PDF to work.

With Acrobat desktop and online tools, you get much more than a PDF converter. You can edit PDF text and image files on any operating system without going back to the source files, collect e-signatures, add password protection, redact sensitive information, and much more. You can also convert all types of files to and from PDF format,

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