Save webpage as pdf using Google Chrome

Very often you come across the need to save web pages for reading it later or as a proof of transaction. The simplest option available is to  save the webpage as an html page . And in other instances like payment transaction,  ticket booking confirmation etc where you normally take a screenshot,  save it as an image file or paste the screenshots into the word document .

Save WebPage as PDF Locally

Instead of  saving as an html page or taking screenshots and  storing in a word document , saving webpage as pdf  is very easy to achieve in Google Chrome. No more hassles with ‘Alt Print Screen’ or it’s equivalent in Mac book.

If you are using Chrome as your browser , it is just a few clicks away . Amit has a very nifty solution for it . Check it out. There is no need to install any chrome extension and this can be done via the inbuilt feature of Google Chrome itself .

Save WebPage as PDF Online using Google GDrive

But the above scenario would be useful to store the pdf in your local desktop/laptop. There are chances that you may require these pdf to be available online. So what you do normally is to  send this local copy  as an email to yourself .

Typically people scan educational certificates, product warranty cards, insurance payment, mobile receipts etc. in their local desktop and then send a copy to their email.

While this is an easy option,  it is a three-step process :

1.Scan and store files locally.

2.Send e-mail to yourself.

3.Manage files with labels/folder for easy retrieval.

You may agree with me that it is a pain to maintain proper labels and folder structures and it’s not quick and easy process retrieve these files from email using search.

Google GDrive 

So instead of using email for all your documents , go for any online file storage system.The above said complexity could be removed if you use online file storing space.  GDrive  is an online file storing option provided by Google . You can store files of any format and up to  5GB of free data . It is easy to register and get started.While there are plenty of alternatives available currently , if you are  primarily a Google account user ,  GDrive integrates easily with all the Google services.

GDrive along with Google account will help you save any web page and store it online  as pdf in few clicks.

These are the steps to be followed :

1.Make sure you are signed into your Google/GDrive account in Chrome browser.

2.Visit any web page

3.Click Spanner Icon

4.Click ‘Print’

5.Click ‘Change’ and Choose ‘Save to Google Drive’

6.Click ‘Save’

The file would be automatically stored in your GDrive.

One advantage of using this GDrive is that you can quickly access the content from anywhere – browser /mobile etc . It also has a Android /iOS app . So it is easy to get the content quickly.

Saving Gmail Attachments to GDrive

Many times you would  keep searching for some attachments that you received some time back  in your Gmail. In some instances , you could have stored it locally and try to remember the location .

With this Chrome extension for Gmail , you can store all your Gmail attachments to GDrive in single click . Now no more hassle with managing the attachments from Gmail .

This extension can be installed from Chrome Web Store easily.

On a related note , if you are using a lot of Google services, you may also read about securing your Google Account from password theft/hack

Please share your personal experiences in storing webpages or screenshots and how do you manage them between system . Would be glad to hear your thoughts.


8 thoughts on “Save webpage as pdf using Google Chrome

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