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Did you ever wish you could browse a website from a place where you had no Internet access? Here’s a slick way to do it.

If you have Acrobat Pro, you can create a PDF of a website page or all the pages of an entire website with just a few easy clicks. The PDF file can be saved to your computer with all the text, graphics, and links intact. This is a new feature that I’m excited about. New to me, that is. I’m not sure when it was introduced, but I’ve just discovered it. Why, you ask, would you want to create a PDF of a website? I can think of a couple of good reasons.

  • While we we’re in the process of upgrading this website we found it to be much easier to markup or annotate changes on the PDF of the website than trying to describe the changes in an e-mail or Word file.
  • You can read, use, and demo a website anywhere, even if you don’t have Internet access. You can create a PDF of the site and show it on your tablet or laptop (or even your smart phone if you like really small images). The links will even work, so long as they are linked to pages that you have PDF’d.

Here’s how to do it. Looks complicated, but it’s really a piece of cake:

  1. From Adobe Acrobat Pro, click the File menu.
  2. About a quarter of the way down you’ll find the command “Create PDF”. Click it.
  3. One of your menu options is “From Web Page…” Click it.
  4. You’ll be prompted to enter the address (URL) of the web page.
  5. Then click on the button that says “Capture Multiple Levels.” You will be able to enter as many levels of the website that you want to capture. Capturing more levels means that the process will take longer but you will have a more complete PDF of the website. If you want the entire website, click the radio button to capture the entire site.
  6. If you want to explore options, feel free to do so. That’s more detail than we’re going to include here.
  7. Click “Create.”
  8. Wait. Your patience will be rewarded. A file of the website will open in Acrobat. Save it and take it with you anywhere you go.

We were pleased and surprised at how small the file size was. This is a feature we’ll use. Could I have that website to go, please?

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