Sometimes we may need to save webpages as PDF files. By converting site pages to PDF, we can easily share the PDF files through email, a chat app, send to mobile devices. Saving PDF files on our local devices, we can refer to them anytime in the future without internet connection. Safari on Mac allows us to easily save a web page from website to our local machine. There are two quick methods of converting a web page to PDF in Safari browser on Mac.
For Windows users, you can refer to the following guide to save web page as PDF from Edge browser on Windows PC.
Method 1. Export web page as PDF on Mac
Open the web page you like to convert to PDF in Safari browser on Mac. After the page is fully loaded, choose File from the top menu bar, choose Export as PDF… from the drop-down menu.
The Export As dialog pops up. Here you can give the new PDF a name, choose a location, then click Save button to export the web page as PDF on your Mac.
Method 2. Print web page to PDF on Mac
Mac has the built-in virtual printer we can use to convert website pages to PDF documents. Once the web page is loaded completely in Safari window, go to File > Print.
The Print dialog appears. Here you can customize print settings and preview the results. For example, you can choose paper size, page orientation, page range, page backgrounds, etc. when you are satisfied, click the PDF menu at the bottom-left corner, choose Save as PDF from the drop-down menu. Then follow onscreen tips to convert and save the web pages as a PDF file from Safari to Mac.
Export as PDF vs Print to PDF
The former method is relatively easier. However the later solution provides us more customization options and it can preserve the graphics, layout, formatting, backgrounds better than the former method.
If needed, you can also use a more professional PDF creation tool on Mac to save pages from websites as PDF files on your local machine. Adobe Acrobat is a good example.
Create clear PDF file without ads
If the web page you intend to save as PDF has Google ads, banner ads or other dynamic and annoying content you do not want to save, you can enable the reader view in Safari to get rid of them and save a more clear PDF document. To enter reader mode in Safari is simple. Open the web page in Safari, then click the “Reader” button in the address bar when it appears, or click the View > Show Reader from the top menu bar, you can also press Shift-Command-R on your keyboard to enter reader view.