Q. Without having to cut and paste text, is there an easy way to make a PDF file from the text of an online article — without the advertisements — so I can read it offline or print it more easily from my computer?
A. If your browser has a “reader mode” that temporarily strips out the ads and other distracting page elements, you should be able to make simple PDF files without extra software. In a nutshell, when you find an article you want to save, switch to reader mode and then use the PDF-saving function in the Print box on your Windows PC or Mac to make a copy of the article in a new file.
Some websites do not support reader modes, but many do. For articles that jump to multiple pages, look for a “read on one page” or a “Read More” button that displays the full text on one screen.
Once you have a decluttered page on your screen, click the browser’s printer icon or press the Control (or Command) and P keys to open the Print dialogue box. Instead of selecting a printer in the drop-down menu, choose the Save as PDF or Print to PDF option and click the Save or Print button to create or print the document.
If you are away from your computer but see an online article you want to save, you do not have to wait. You can create PDF files from web pages and email messages right on your Android or iOS device.
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