Converting web pages in Internet Explorer (Windows)
Acrobat adds the Adobe PDF toolbar and Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe PDF
to Internet Explorer 5.01 and later, which allow you to convert the
currently displayed web page to an Adobe PDF file, or convert and perform an activity in
one easy operation.
You can convert more than one web page, even an entire website, to an Adobe PDF
file directly within Adobe Acrobat. (See
Creating Adobe PDF files from downloaded web
The Internet Explorer Adobe PDF toolbar preferences determine only whether converted
files open in Acrobat automatically, and whether you are prompted to confirm the deletion
of files or addition of pages to an existing PDF file. The Acrobat web page conversion
settings, which are available only in Acrobat, let you set more advanced settings,
including the creation of bookmarks and tags. After you set the Acrobat web page
conversion settings as desired, you need to use the Create PDF From Web Page feature in
Acrobat at least once before the settings take effect in the Internet Explorer web page
conversion feature. (See
Specifying conversion settings for capturing web pages.)
When you convert a web page, you can also choose to do one of the following activities
using a menu command:
Add the converted web page to an existing PDF file.
Print the page. A converted web page is reformatted to a standard page size with logical
page breaks. This avoids inconsistent results in printing directly from a browser window.
Email the page. Automatically open your email application with the converted web page
Initiate an email-based review. When you send an Adobe PDF document by email for
review, reviewers receive the document as an email attachment. Recipients can add their
comments to it and then send their comments to you.
Display the Adobe PDF pane in the Internet Explorer window. This provides a convenient
place for managing converted web pages. Folders and PDF files are organized under the
root folder Desktop. You can navigate files and create, rename, and delete folders in this
window, as well as rename and delete files. Only PDF files and folders containing PDF
files are listed. In Windows XP, if you don't see the button in Internet Explorer, choose
View > Toolbars > Adobe PDF.
Note: The files and folders displayed in the Adobe PDF pane are the same files and
folders stored on your system. Only PDF files appear in the Adobe PDF pane; if you
attempt to delete a folder that contains other files (files that are not visible in the Adobe
PDF pane), you are asked to confirm the deletion.
A menu on the PDF toolbar provides easy conversion and print capabilities.
To convert a web page to an Adobe PDF file:
1. In Internet Explorer, open the web page, and do one of the following:
Click the Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe PDF File button
on the Internet
Choose Convert Web Page To PDF from the Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe
PDF File pop-up menu.
2. In the Convert Web Page To Adobe PDF dialog box, specify a file name and location, and
then click Save.
The default file name is the text used in the HTML tag <TITLE>. Any invalid characters
in the file name are converted to an underscore when the file is downloaded and saved. If
the Adobe PDF pane is open, the file name is highlighted when the conversion is complete.
To add a converted web page to an Adobe PDF file:
In Internet Explorer, open the web page, and do one of the following:
Choose Add Web Page To Existing PDF from the Convert Current Web Page To An
Adobe PDF File pop-up menu on the Internet Explorer toolbar. Select the Adobe PDF file
that you want to add the Web page to, and click Save.
In the Adobe PDF pane, select the PDF file that you want to add the converted page to,
and click the Add button
at the top of the Adobe PDF pane. Click Yes if necessary to
clear the confirmation message.
To convert and print a web page in Internet Explorer (Windows):
1. In Internet Explorer, open the web page that you want to convert and print.
2. Choose Print Web Page from the Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe PDF File pop-
3. In the Print dialog box, select any required print options, and click Print.
To convert and email a converted web page:
Choose Convert Web Page And Email from the Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe
PDF File pop-up menu.
To open or close the Adobe PDF pane:
In Internet Explorer, do one of the following:
Choose Adobe PDF Explorer Bar from the Convert Current Web Page To An Adobe PDF
File pop-up menu
Choose View > Explorer Bar > Adobe PDF.
You can manage all PDF files on your computer in the Adobe PDF pane in Internet Explorer.
To add, rename, or delete a new folder in the Adobe PDF pane:
Do one of the following:
To add a new folder at the desktop level, select the Desktop icon in the Adobe PDF pane,
and click the New Folder button
To add a new folder under an existing folder, select the existing folder in the Adobe PDF
pane and click New Folder, or right-click the folder and choose New Folder.
To rename or delete a folder, right-click the folder and choose the appropriate command.
To set the Internet Explorer Adobe PDF conversion preferences:
1. In Internet Explorer, choose Preferences from the Convert Current Web Page To An
Adobe PDF File pop-up menu
2. In the Adobe PDF Preferences dialog box, deselect any options not to be applied, and