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How to Make a PDF of an Entire Website

One day you may need to print out an entire website, or email it someone to make notes. The old way was printing each page one by one and hoping you got all of the links. Yet, there is a better way if you use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. This won’t work with the free Acrobat Reader.

  • First, fire up Adobe Acrobat and go to File –> Create –>PDF From Web Page. For older versions of Acrobat go to File –> Create PDF –> From Web Page.

  • Then click, “Capture Multiple Levels,” and select, “Get entire site,” or choose the levels you want to grab. Example: Choosing 1 level will just get the top pages and no sub-pages.
  • If you want, you can review the Settings area to print landscape and some other options. When you are ready, click, “Create”.

Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

24 Comments

  1. Justin Thomas on November 19, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Very Informative Blog … But I also tried https://pdfbeaver.com/webpage-url to convert webpage into PDF the results were satisfying.

  2. loopmaster on October 23, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    What, can the be done! I never thought about this. Bythe way thanks for the tip.

  3. paula on September 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    for me it only gets the first page of the web, is there anything i can do? I PUT THE WEBSITE IM TRYING TO CONVERT IN WEBSITE

    • Lena Shore on September 16, 2019 at 10:56 am

      If you look at the second bullet in the article it explains how to grab more levels.

    • S on December 4, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      I followed the info from the “second bullet” but I too only got the first page. Tried it twice. So Paula and I both are not finding this very helpful without further info.

      • Lena on December 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

        What version of the software are you using? Free or paid?

  4. Karl Willson on September 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    This was great, Thank you so much! One minor thing seems to have changed since you wrote this post though, the edit tab no longer leads to preferences, the Adobe Reader tab does. Cheer Karl

    • Lena Shore on September 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for the tip Karl — but I’m not seeing my error. Could you be more specific so I can fix it? Thanks. (:

  5. Bob Richardson on August 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you!! This is perfect. I had no idea Acrobat could do that. I like to keep visual copies of websites I do for clients so I can refer back to a page after major revisions. I’ve also had sites hacked that had to be rebuilt due to no or corrupt backups.

    I have also had to rebuild client sites when the original designer is no longer around and it is impossible to get into the backend. Being able to have a visual copy will help make the “rebuild” a lot easier.

    So thank you!

    • Lena Shore on August 6, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Glad you found it helpful! (:

  6. Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    How editable is the PDF document afterward? And how well does it convert into a docx doc after?

    • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      The PDF isn’t perfect. But, it’s good for proofing and marking up. You can edit as well as you can edit any other PDF. I don’t know anything about how it converts to Word. You’d have to try it and see.

      • Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I haven’t seen a perfect tool for converting a whole site into a PDF yet. I think I am going to get a PRO subscription so I can do this. As long as it looks like the site and not a printable version of the site, and it’s editable, it will be something worth for me to look into.

        • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 3:27 pm

          It isn’t the print version of the site, but it isn’t always pretty. If you have SVG code for images it will skip those for instance. But, some older sites with all images look good.

        • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

          Also, you can get a trial version of Adobe Acrobat to try it out.

          • Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

            Thanks for letting me know about the trial version! Great article by the way, very useful! 😀



  7. jagu on May 20, 2019 at 10:08 am

    This was great, Thank you so much! One minor thing seems to have changed since you wrote this post though, the edit tab no longer leads to preferences, the Adobe Reader tab does.

  8. jagruti on May 15, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Jenny, this is a feature that is only available in recent versions of Acrobat DC/2017, so your only option is to upgrade your Acrobat to the latest. Thank you so very much!!!! Really struggled with this until I found this post! Thanks!!!

  9. Michael Nelson on April 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Oh neat! I didn’t know about that feature of Adobe Acrobat.
    If your website is on WordPress, you can also use the plugin Print My Blog (see https://wordpress.org/plugins/print-my-blog/) just set it to use pages instead of posts. It will omit content most people don’t want in a PDF, like menus and sidebars.

    • Lena Shore on April 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      What a cool plugin! I didn’t know that “Print My Blog” existed. Thanks for the share. (:

  10. Yasir Hussain on March 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Is it possible if web site contains a lot of pdf, this process will download it as a separate pdf

    • Lena Shore on March 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      I don’t see any options for making more than a single PDF from a website.

  11. claudia arkush on February 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    If a PDF of a site turns out funky looking (missing images or rearranged) and you want a screen capture of the ENTIRE page try the “awesome screenshots” add-on. It saves the page as .jpg or .png right to your desktop with very decent resolution. Of course it does preserve the text as text or links since it is a raster file but very useful:
    http://awesomescreenshot.com/

  12. Kate Madsen on February 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    As always you are a great teacher. Thanks for this!

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