How to Export an Amazon Shopping Cart to a Word Document

By Josh Fredman

If you're a Microsoft Word power user, then you know it can be really handy to look at different kinds of documents directly from Word -- including Web content such as your Amazon shopping cart. With a local copy, you can review your shopping cart without having to log in to your Amazon account. When it comes to Web content, however, exporting to Word can be tricky. You won't get exactly the same formatting and layout, and you may have to clean up the document afterward. With those caveats in mind, there are several methods to export the data.

Copy and Paste Text and Images

Navigate to your Amazon shopping cart and right-click on an empty part of the page. Click "Select All" from the context menu. Then right-click again, and click "Copy." Launch Microsoft Word and press the "Paste" button. This method doesn't carry over all of the Web page information, but it does include all of the critical information, including all the page text and most images. To see your items in the Word document, scroll down to the section that says "Shopping Cart." This method is especially useful if you want to be able to edit the text.

Copy and Paste Text Only

You can also choose to copy only the text from your shopping cart, with none of the images or other Web page information. To do this, go to your shopping cart and right-click on an empty part of the page as before. Click "Select All," then right-click again and choose "Copy." Create a new document in Word and click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Paste" icon, then select "Paste Special." Select "Unformatted Text" or "Paste as Text." To use the keyboard shortcut for "Paste Special," hold down "Ctrl-Shift-V." This pastes a text-only version of your shopping cart.

Take a Screenshot

If you don't need to edit anything and just want an accurate image of your shopping cart, take a screenshot. Go to your Amazon shopping cart and scroll to the part of the page you want to copy. The screenshot function works only for any current items visible on your screen, so you might have to take several screenshots to get everything. When you're ready, press the "Print Screen" or "PRTSC" key on your keyboard, generally located in the upper-right area. On smaller keyboards, it may be the secondary function of a two-function key. Print Screen automatically loads the screenshot onto your clipboard, so simply launch Word and click "Paste." You can also paste to an image editor if you want.

Saving as a PDF

(This section Refs. 2, 3, 4) You can also convert a Web page into PDF and then convert that PDF file into Word Document format. To this, you'll need Adobe Acrobat, which enables you to create PDF files. If necessary, enable the Adobe PDF toolbar in your Web browser, then go to your Amazon shopping cart and click the "Convert" icon on the PDF toolbar. Choose a name and directory location for the file, and click "Save." Then simply open the PDF in Word. The formatting will look a little different, but better than pasting the shopping cart into Word directly. If you like, save a copy of the file in Word format. Note that Adobe Acrobat is the paid, fully operational counterpart to the common free product Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you want a free alternative to Acrobat for creating your own PDF documents, consider options like PDF Creator or Winnovative Free HTML to PDF Converter.