How to Save a Facebook Page As a PDF

By Aaron Parson

Saving an accurate copy of a website often turns out harder than you'd expect. On sites with heavy formatting, numerous columns and images, like Facebook, your Web browser's built in *Save* option creates a messy, inaccurate result. Turning a Facebook page into a PDF preserves its exact appearance, but only Chrome has this feature built-in, as of publication. Other browsers require more complex workarounds.

Using Chrome

Step 1

Visit the Facebook page in Chrome 41 (or any version after 2011). To save a private page, log in first.

Step 2

Press **Ctrl-P** or choose **Print** from the Chrome menu to open the Print dialog box. Click **Change** beneath the current printer selection.

Step 3

Select **Save as PDF** from the Local Destinations printer list.

Step 4

Turn on **Background Graphics** to include the top banner of the Facebook page. This setting also retains some other images that otherwise get lost, including video thumbnails and Facebook ads. Set any other options you want to adjust how the PDF comes out, and then press **Save**.

Using a Web Converter

Step 1

Copy the complete address of the Facebook page you want to save -- visit the page in any browser, select the address and press **Ctrl-C**.This method does not work with pages that you can view only while logged in.

Step 2

Visit a PDF conversion website, such as [Pdfcrowd](http://pdfcrowd.com/) shown here. Many similar sites offer this service, including [Web2PDF](http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/), [PDFmyURL](http://pdfmyurl.com/) and [Website to PDF](http://websitetopdf.com/), but some sites have trouble producing an accurate copy of Facebook pages. Of these options, Pdfcrowd works the best for Facebook specifically.Paste the Facebook address into the box on the site by pressing **Ctrl-V**, and then click **Convert to PDF**.

Step 3

Choose to save the PDF after conversion finishes, as you would save any other download in your browser. Some browsers and browser configurations automatically save the file to your Downloads folder without a prompt.

Using Firefox Extensions

Step 1

Open the add-ons page (**Ctrl-Shift-A**) in Firefox 29 or above, and search for **PDF** to find extensions that create PDF copies of websites, such as [Print pages to Pdf](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/print-pages-to-pdf/), covered here. Most other extensions act only as shortcuts to Web-based PDF converters, such as [Save as PDF](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/save-as-pdf/), which uses Pdfcrowd. Click **Install** by an extension to add it to Firefox, and restart the browser if requested.

Step 2

Open the **Options** for *Print pages to Pdf* to change how it saves PDFs. In version 0.1.x, you need to check **Show 'Save As' Dialog** (and optionally uncheck **Open PDF**) to save the completed PDFs rather than opening them once.

Step 3

Visit the page on Facebook after logging in, if necessary. Right-click on the page, choose **Print Pages to PDF** and click **Print Active Tab** to convert and save the page.

Tips & Warnings

  • To save all of your personal pages and data on Facebook, open Facebook's settings and click "Download a Copy of Your Facebook Data." Facebook sends data as HTML files, not PDF files, but you can open an HTML file in your browser and then use the Chrome or Firefox extension method for conversion.
  • If you save a Facebook page while logged in to Facebook, the saved page might include some of your personal information, like your name on the header bar or links to your friends' pages.