Save an email as a PDF in 3 steps.

Follow these simple steps to save your email as a PDF.

  1. Open your email. Find the mail you intend to save as a PDF document and open it.
  2. Open Print settings. Click the Print option.
  3. Select the PDF option. When the printer menu opens, select Save as PDF from the destination drop-down menu.

How to save an email as a PDF (Gmail example).

In this example we will use the Gmail platform to illustrate how to save an email as a PDF. Other email providers may have slightly different steps, but the same principles will apply whether you are using Gmail, Outlook or any other email service.

1. Open up your inbox.

2. Open the email that you want to save to PDF.
3. Click the Print icon. If there is no Print icon on your screen, click the three dots to bring up the Options menu and then click Print.
4 . This will then bring up the Print Menu.   In the Destination drop down menu where the name of your printer is displayed, left click and select the Save as PDF option.
5. After selecting this option, click the blue Save button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
6. You will then be prompted to choose a location to save the PDF. You can also rename your document.

7. Make sure Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf) is selected from the 'Save as type' drop-down menu.

Double check that your document has saved correctly. Find it in its saved location and open it with Adobe Acrobat.

Benefits of saving emails as PDFs.

D ownload ing an email as a PDF will help you keep your documents secure and allow you to coordinate, organise, and edit your files.

Organisation. If you need to save your emails for future reference, converting them into PDF files means you can download and store them in labelled folders . This makes it easy to find documents without having to search through your inbox.

Editing. If you have been sent an email containing instructions and you need to annotate it with notes, you can do so quickly and easily using Adobe Acrobat after saving the email as a PDF.

Off-line accessibility. If you are travelling or don’t have an internet connection but still need to access your documents, saving important emails in a PDF format will provide peace of mind and the ability to work offline.


Still have a couple of questions about downloading emails as PDFs? Read on for extra hints and tips.

How do I convert multiple emails to PDF?

If you would like to convert multiple emails to PDF individually, you can do so by following the tips above for every email you want to convert.

If you want to combine all of your downloaded emails into one longer PDF, open Adobe Acrobat and use the Insert From File tool to combine your documents. Learn how to combine files into one PDF.

Can I do this on mobile or tablet?

Follow the steps above to save an email as a pdf on a mobile device. If you want a complete guide on how to download PDFs your mobile or tablet, check out the Adobe Community for helpful tips.

Is PDF editing free?

You can edit your PDF for free with our online PDF editor. To benefit from the complete functionality Adobe Acrobat can offer, sign up for a subscription. Check out current  Acrobat subscription pricing and start your free trial today.

More tips for using Acrobat.

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