How to Extract Multiple PDF Files From a Web Page

By Evelyn Trimborn

Many informational websites will often have forms and other PDF documents on their site for visitors to download. In some cases, there may be several PDF download links on the page. As with all documents, organizing your files into clearly named folders, and naming your files logically, can help when it comes to extracting multiple PDF files from a web page. How you extract the PDFs will depend on whether you are using a Mac or a PC.

Things You'll Need

  • PC computer
  • OR Mac computer
  • Folder titled "Downloads"
  • Internet connection
  • Web browser of choice, such as Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Website to download PDFs

Downloading PDFs on a PC

Step 1

Create a new folder on your desktop titled "Downloads."

Step 2

Log on to the internet and browse the web. Go to the site where you wish to download multiple PDF files.

Step 3

Right-mouse click over the link of the first file you wish to download. When the new gray menu appears on the screen, choose "Save Link As."

Step 4

Type a name for the file in the box next to the words "File Name" when the next gray box appears.

Step 5

Toggle the box above the file name box, and choose "Desktop" then choose your "Downloads" folder.

Step 6

Click the "Save" button. Verify that the file has been saved in your new Downloads folder.

Step 7

Repeat Steps three to six until you have downloaded and saved all of the PDFs you wish from the site.

Downloading PDFs on a Mac

Step 1

Create a new folder on your desktop titled "Downloads."

Step 2

Log on to the internet and go to the site where you wish to download multiple PDF files.

Step 3

Click on the link of the first file you wish to download using your mouse or track pad.

Step 4

Click the radial button next to "Open Using Adobe" when the menu appears. Click "OK".

Step 5

Click on the small disk icon in the Adobe tool bar on the top left to save when the PDF file opens in a new window, or go to "File" on the toolbar, and choose "Save a Copy", the third choice down in the menu.

Step 6

Type in a name for the file in the box next to the words "Save As" when the gray box appears.

Step 7

Toggle the box below the "Save As" box until you see the Downloads folder you created. Click Save. Verify that the file has been saved in your new Downloads folder.

Step 8

Repeat Steps three to seven until you have downloaded and saved all of the PDFs you wish from the site.

Tips & Warnings

  • Different browsers will treat downloads differently. In Firefox, a small pop up box which lists of all of your downloads will be created on your desktop while in the Google Chrome browser, the downloads will appear as a horizontal list at the bottom gray panel of the browser screen.
  • Take your time between downloads to be sure that you are getting the whole file without any disruption, as some PDF files may be very large.
  • On the PC, if you open the file in a new window in your browser by accident, just Save As and save the file to your Downloads folder.