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Converting Web Pages to Adobe PDF

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Have you ever printed a page directly from the Web, and discovered with dismay that the finished product looked nothing like the original version onscreen? The Adobe Creative Team shows how Adobe Acrobat 9 can help solve that problem (and others!) by enabling you to save a web page directly to PDF.

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Converting Web Pages in Internet Explorer (Windows)

If you've ever had the frustrating experience of printing a web page from your browser only to discover portions of the page missing, you'll love the Acrobat feature that allows you to create and print an Adobe PDF version of the web page without ever leaving your browser.

On Windows, Acrobat adds a button with a menu to the toolbar of Internet Explorer (version 6 and later), which allows you to convert the currently displayed web page (or a selected portion of the page) to an Adobe PDF file or convert and print it, email it, or send it for review in one easy operation. When you print a web page that you've converted to an Adobe PDF file, the page is reformatted to a standard page size and logical page breaks are added.

First you'll set the preferences used to create Adobe PDF pages from your web pages.

Conversion Preferences

You set conversion preferences from the menu on the Convert button that Acrobat adds to the Internet Explorer toolbar.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to a favorite web page. We opened the Peachpit Press home page at http://www.peachpit.com.
  2. In Internet Explorer, click the arrow next to the Convert button (see Figure 5) and choose Preferences from the menu. These preferences are the same as described in the earlier section "Options for Converting Web Pages."
  3. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box without making any changes.

Next you'll convert the Peachpit Press home page to Adobe PDF.

Converting Selected Portions of Web Pages

  1. In Internet Explorer, navigate to the web page that you want to convert. We navigated to the Peachpit Press home page (http://www.peachpit.com).
  2. Click the Select button on the toolbar (see Figure 6) to activate the advanced selection tool. Notice that as you drag your pointer over the page that content is highlighted with a red box (see Figure 7).
  3. You'll select the New Title and Articles content. Move your pointer in the area of the New Titles heading. Notice that the text block containing the three book covers is enclosed in a red box. Click in the box to confirm the selection. Then move your pointer in the area of the Articles heading. Again, notice that the block of text is enclosed in a red box. Ctrl-click to add this to the selection.
  4. Click the arrow next to the Convert button on the Internet Explorer toolbar to expand the drop-down menu, and choose Convert Web Page to PDF.
  5. In the Convert Web Page to Adobe PDF dialog box, name the file PeachpitHome.pdf. Then click Save. Your selected text is converted to PDF and the file automatically opens in Acrobat.