Convert Web Pages to PDF

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 26, 2012
Windows, Windows software

Every web browser supports the saving of web pages that you are on to HTML. Sometimes, HTML may not be what you are looking for, considering that a full download usually results in the saving of multiple files, the actual HTML page, images and scripts, to the local system. While that enables you to interact with the page you have downloaded locally, it also means that you have to look after a number of files on your system to keep that functionality intact.

If you do not need the interactive element, you may want to consider saving the pages to PDF instead. Weeny Free HTML to PDF Converter is a free tool for Windows that can convert any HTML web page, local and online, to PDF.

Please note that adware offers are integrated into the installer.  Offers may vary but clicking on decline during the process should prevent the installation of those third party programs on your system.

The program itself is fast and efficient. You can add web addresses in the form of urls or local HTML files to the processing queue. URLs can be pasted into a text form which is comfortable if you want to convert a list of different pages to PDF.

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All urls and filenames are then listed in the main program window. All that is left at this point is to click on convert now to start the conversion process. The process should not take longer than a couple of seconds per web page or file that you want to convert.

All PDF documents are saved under c:\my pdf\ by default which you can change as well if you want. Note that the program will always convert the full web page to PDF and that there is no option to customize the output in any way.

The application turns links into bookmarks automatically so that you can jump around on the page quite a bit which can be useful if the page is rather large in size. The PDF document will display the contents in the websites layout, which includes images, navigation and other elements.

The program does not add the original source url to the PDF document, only to the file name. While that is enough to identify the original page url, an option to add the url to the end of the PDF file itself would be useful as well, especially if you would like to rename the file names.


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  1. prasad said on January 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    would like to mention that if you want to do it online without installing any software, here is a web application.


  2. Karol said on November 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    maff is great because it’s smaller than mht. :)

    Opera saves directly to mht, IE too.
    Firefox can do it with Scrapbook or UnMHT addons.
    Chrome can do it with PageArchiver or Save As MHTML extensions.

    Great online pdf converter:

    Free HTML to PDF Converter Win32 Application is free and portable software that works great:

  3. KK said on November 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Use Firefox and Mozilla MAF addon.

    Tell it to save using .MAFF format instead.
    It’s Mozilla’s improvement.
    .MAFF is basically a zip file with the webpage and all related files stored inside.

    It can be opened with any (zip) program in the future, not just Firefox.

    .MHT is a good second choice. IE, Opera and Chrome can all open the files with varying results.

    Chrome can only open .MHT, it can’t save a webpage in .MHT format.
    There are many “articles” out on the net saying it can…but the support is (still!) not in there yet. I just checked the latest version.

    .MHT was created back in 1999.

  4. odio said on November 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    PDF Creator

    with this you select Print and select PDF Creator as your Printer.

  5. Ngan Tengyuen said on November 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I prefer setting up a PDF printer and just ‘print’ a pdf version coz this PDF printer allows me to save every document in PDF format. one solution for all.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      This works well, I agree. The software comes in handy if you need to bulk convert, say ten, twenty, one hundred or even more pages.

  6. A&L said on November 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    If you use Firefox there is an add-on that works good for me

  7. Karol said on November 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I prefer saving websites in a mht format. It’s faster than converting html to pdf and the converting is not always correct…

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