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How many times have you come across a webpage and wanted to be able to read it in a form that's not digital? I know it sounds almost like heresy in this digital age, but sometimes you just need to step away from the screen and go full-on analog with a paper printout.
Or, maybe you need a particular article for research and want to be able to highlight certain passages or turn the article in with a term paper. Maybe you're collecting different webpages for an assignment and want to keep them located in a single folder for later perusal. You never know if a site or page will be taken down at any point, and having a PDF copy of that page will ensure you always have access to the content.
There are several reasons why you might want to save a webpage as a PDF file. With Apple Safari, there's a very handy way of doing so. However, I'm going to one-up the default process and make it such that the PDF you save only has the information you want -- not the ads and other bits of the site that serve as distractions for the real content.
Does this sound intriguing? Read on.
How to save a webpage as a PDF (without the extra "fluff")
What you'll need: The only thing you'll need for this is the Safari web browser. I'll demonstrate this on the MacOS version of Safari. I would recommend you be certain you're using the most recent version of Safari (as it's always a good idea to keep all of your software up to date).
1. Open the page in question
Open Safari (which you've probably already done since you're reading this).
This is the trick I mentioned earlier. Before you save the page as a PDF, you want to get rid of all the "extras" (such as ads and other bits you won't want). To do that, look for the Reader mode icon at the left edge of the address bar and click it. This will immediately re-open the page in Reader mode, where things are decidedly easier to read.
3. Save the page as a PDF
Now that you have the page open in Reader mode, the only thing that will be saved to the PDF file is what you see on the screen. Click the File menu entry in the Menu Bar and click Export as PDF.
4. Name your PDF
When the Export popup opens, navigate to the folder that will house the file, give the file a name (or accept the default name -- which is the title of the webpage), and click Save.
You now have a PDF copy of the webpage, as seen through the lens of Reader mode. By saving the page as such, you not only make it easier to read but also save considerably on printer ink. That's a win for everyone involved (even the environment).