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When you install Acrobat, it puts some add-ins on your browser. So if you notice, there's a little PDF icon up here for Convert. Well, why would I want to convert a web page to a PDF? Well, a couple of reasons. Maybe I want to review it offline. Maybe I'm going to be on a long plane flight with no Internet access and it's something that I need to read to prepare me for something I'm going to present. This is a way to capture it and reconfigure it in a form that's easy to print. But that's not going to make a static PDF, and you'll see when I make this conversion. First, I want to look at my preferences.
So when I choose Preferences, it gives me some options for handling HTML content. Most of this is related to language so that if I need diacritical characters and so forth and I want to make sure that they don't get lost in translation, I can specify a particular font here for example. And this is nice. Let's say that you have white text on a black background. That can be pretty hard to read when you print it out, and it could be hard to read on my little laptop screen if I'm on the plane. So you can override the settings used in the design of the web page. You could force it to be, let's say black Text on a white background, and a good old-fashioned blue hyperlink.
If you want to change that to something else, you can. You can pick from these preset colors. You can also make your own custom color. I'm going to leave it at the Defaults, and that means that this is going to be unchecked. It will try to incorporate multimedia content if it's possible. When I click OK, I also want it to check Page Layout. Because this is something I want to print, I want to make sure that my Margins here mean that when I print it, I'm not going to have anything cropped off. So you might want to print a test page, find out what your margins really are. Where does it pick up these numbers? It's looking at the active printer on my computer.
Now, for Scaling, this is kind of nice. If it has to scale stuff down to fit in the page, if it has to scale it down past 70%, it's going to roll it and print it landscape. You can change this threshold. This has pretty much worked for me. So try the 70 and see how it does. So these are the recipe for it. Let's check out what happens when we convert this to a PDF. Now, depending on the amount of content it has to download to incorporate in the PDF, sometimes this can take a while. Just wait until it wakes it up in Acrobat and then you know it's done.
I'm going to save this on my desktop, and there's my PDF. And this is what I meant when I said it's not a static PDF. First of all, it's given me two pages. It's formatted to my letter-size document that I asked it to do. But when I hover my cursor over a hyperlink, notice it's still a live hyperlink. This is not a static document. These are still live clickable hyperlinks. You notice the little w in my little hand icon? If I click that, it's going to launch my browser, if it's not already running, and it's going to go to that web page.
So this is great. I can always come back to this and find more information. But what if I want that information as part of this PDF? If I right-click on that hyperlink, I can choose this, Append to Document, and this can take a while as well. So now that it's finished, notice that I have a four-page document. So if we look at the thumbnails, there's the first two pages that I captured, and here's the additional content, and this additional content is live as well. So as I hover over hyperlinks, you can see, I can still click them, launch a browser, and go to that website. Or I could continue as I have been.
I could right-click and I could harvest that information and add it to this PDF. So for me, when I'm doing research, this is a great way to harvest a bunch of information and get it into a form that I can either print or just view onscreen, and either way it's something that I can use whether I'm offline or not. So it's just a great way to capture information so that you can refer to it later on. So that's why you might want to convert a web page into a PDF.
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