Monday, 16 July 2012

30 days of webtools: #9: Create PDFs from webpages using the Chrome Extension ‘Send to Google Docs”


Recently I was faced with a problem. Some of the Constant Contact newsletter links that I had placed on the blog no longer worked…they had expired.  I thought the best thing to do would be to convert the newsletters to PDFs and upload them to Box.net with a link to the blog.  But, Constant Contact didn’t seem  to supply any way of converting these newsletters to PDF. 

Google Chrome extension – Send to Google Docs.

Then I remembered the wonderful free Chrome extensions for Google Chrome. They seem to provide the answers to many a problem. I went to the Chrome Web Store and searched for the ‘Send to Google Docs’ extension…and installed it. 

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It neatly took its place alongside my other Chrome Extensions on the top right side of my Chrome browser. I then did what I had to do and converted the newsletters to PDFs. This is an amazing feature in Google Docs. You can take any web page and convert it to a PDF in this manner. 

How to save a web page as a PDF

Step 1: Find the web page you would like to save
Step 2: Click on the installed Chrome extension ‘Send to Google Docs’ on the browser bar


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The web page will appear in your Google Docs in no time at all.

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Step 3: You’ll notice at the top of the page in Google Docs that three options are given.

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You can actually do all three! I chose to download the original which it does in a PDF format which is perfect. From then on you can either link the document from Google Docs to a blog, wiki or website or you can upload it to a programme like Box.net to link from there.

So, why not download the Google Chrome extension ‘Send to Google Docs’? It is a marvelous way of saving webpages as PDFs. 
 

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