How to Change a Screenshot to PDF

By Wesley DeBoy

Turning a screenshot into a PDF preserves the screenshot exactly as it appears on your computer. By saving a screenshot in the Portable Document Format (PDF), you'll also ensure that it can be opened on any computer that has a free copy of Adobe Reader.

Things You'll Need

  • Preview
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat

On a Mac

Step 1

Take a screenshot by pressing "Command" + "Shift" + "3." A PNG file of the screenshot will appear on your desktop.

Step 2

Double-click on the screenshot PNG file. The file will open in Preview by default.

Step 3

Click "File" and select "Print."

Step 4

Click "PDF" in the print menu and select "Save as PDF."

Step 5

Name the file, choose where you'd like to save the PDF and click "Print."

On a PC

Step 1

Take a screenshot by pressing "Print Screen" on your keyboard.

Step 2

Open Microsoft PowerPoint and create a new blank presentation.

Step 3

Click "Edit" and choose "Paste" to paste an image of the screenshot into Microsoft PowerPoint.

Step 4

Size down the image of the screen shot so that it fits onto the PowerPoint slide.

Step 5

Click the "Microsoft Office" button.

Step 6

Hover your mouse over "Save As" and select "PDF."

Step 7

Name the PDF file and click "Publish."