Simple Way to Print to PDF on Mac
PDF is one of the most popular document formats in our daily life and work. Compared to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, it is easier to transfer PDF documents to others when you want to share some information but don't want others to change the contents easily. Then the problem comes to how to create PDF files on Mac.
"A friend told me that on the Mac anything that I could send to a printer could also be easily saved as a PDF file on my computer, to examine or even print later. I have no clue how to do that, but it'd sure be useful. How do you print to PDF on Mac?"
If you think you need expensive solution like Adobe's Acrobat Pro to accomplish this on a Mac, well, you don’t. Because actually this capability was build in on your Mac OS. And it's actually easy to use. Now you may follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create PDF with build-in printer in Mac OS X.
Tutorial: How to Print to PDF for Mac with Build-in Printer in Mac?
Here we take saving HTML files into PDF as an example, and you can take smiliar steps when you want to create PDF from other files.
Step 1. What you need to do is to open the web page, then click on File then Print. A dialog window like this will open, then click the button like the image suggest:
Step 2. Notice the button labelled "PDF" on the lower left. That's the target, so click it. Now you'll see this:
Step 3. As you can see, there are quite a few choices in terms of how the printer program formats and renders the page you seek to print, but I always just choose Save As PDF.... Now you'll get yet another dialog box:
You can probably leave this all untouched, but I would suggest you rename the "save as" to have a name that you find mnemonic, not algorithmically scraped from another page. Once you've done that, click on "Save" and a few seconds later you'll have a PDF file that is the rendering of the page or document you were viewing!
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