How do I save an online PDF file to my computer?
PDF 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.
- Click the link or Icon representing to the PDF file; it should automatically download and open in your browser.
- As you move your mouse cursor over the document, a small toolbar should appear.
- Once you've located the toolbar, click the Icon that looks like a disk to save the file.
- 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.
- If you like, you may rename the file at this point. If not, skip this step.
- 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
If 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.