How do I save an online PDF file to my computer?

PDFPDF files may be viewed on a large array of devices and Internet browsers. Consequently, the steps in saving them are not exactly the same. That being said, this general guideline should help you save a downloaded PDF files on most media.

Note: The first thing you'll need to do is ensure that you have a PDF file reader application installed on your computer. Adobe has a free reader available on their website.

Saving a PDF from a web page

  1. Click the link or Icon representing to the PDF file; it should automatically download and open in your browser.
  2. As you move your mouse cursor over the document, a small toolbar should appear.
  3. Once you've located the toolbar, click the Icon that looks like a disk to save the file.
  4. A screen should prompt you to specify the location in which you'd like to save the file; selecting the Desktop option makes it easy to find later.
  5. If you like, you may rename the file at this point. If not, skip this step.
  6. Click Save or Ok to save the PDF file.

Tip: You can try these steps now using our Example PDF link.

Note: Some browsers open PDF files without downloading them. If you are unable to see the Disk Icon, look for a Download option instead. Once the file is downloaded, a save option should appear.

Saving a PDF directly from the reader

Adobe Reader save iconIf the PDF file is already open in the reader or a PDF form is filled out, you should be able to save that file within the program. For example, in Adobe Reader, a disk icon appears in the top left portion of the page, as shown in the image to the right. Clicking this icon saves the file.

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