This is one of the most common questions I get. It can be confusing, especially when there are so many different types of smartphones, operating systems, versions of software…..if this kind of lingo makes you nauseous, please stay with me. I’m about to make this easy (hopefully)!
What is a PDF file? PDF stands for “portable document format.” It is cool because it appears on a computer screen the way a printed-out document looks. It’s a wonderful way to store and send information. Unfortunately, it isn’t always straightforward just how you take a web page or an email and turn that into a PDF file and email it. Especially if you do everything from a smartphone or a tablet. Because the iPhone is what so many people have (me too), I’m going to start with that.
Let’s say you got your credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com and you’re at that screen where you see your credit report as a web page. Now what? Well, PLEASE do not send me dozens of screen shots of your phone screen — that’s really hard for me to work with. You can actually email this as a PDF file that will print like normal. No expensive printer ink required!
I’ll demonstrate. Let’s say you have a webpage on your iPhone. At the bottom you’ll see a square shape with a little arrow going up. You might have to scroll a little to make it appear. I circled it in red so you can quickly identify it:
Got that? Now, click it. Then, you’ll see a bunch of options on what to do with it. (You won’t see that awesome picture of my cat yawning — that popped up because I was near my MacBook when I created this tutorial.)
You may have to scroll to the left until you see a “Print” option. Click on “print.” It is circled above. Then this window will come up. Instead of actually printing the document, diagonally stretch it with your two thumbs as if you were trying to zoom in:
This will cause the document to “pop out,” and form itself into something that looks like a PDF. Then you’ll see that little square shape with the up arrow again in the lower left hand corner.
Click that, and you’ll get this menu that gives you the option to email it:
Select “Mail,” and email the document to me. If you’re reading this, you probably already have my email address 😉
Don’t worry. There are many different options on how to save a webpage as a PDF file described in this article: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-save-a-webpage-as-a-pdf/
Whatever you use, here’s how you do it like a pro: (1) make sure you hold your phone level above the document, and (2) line up the four corners of the document with your camera so you don’t get a stretched-out image with a lot of space around it.
I sure hope this was helpful to you! And if all else fails and you have to print, and don’t have a printer, click here for suggestions: http://seattlefaircredit.com/how-to-print-documents-when-you-dont-have-a-printer/
Can you identify with one of the following dilemmas?
Fedex Office has many such locations. I don’t have any type of pecuniary relationship with Fedex Office; I just find them to be convenient when I’m traveling and need to print something. You can find Fedex Office (formerly known as Kinkos) locations here: http://www.fedex.com/locate/index.html?locale=en_US#
And when you go to that link, filter your search results by clicking “more” and then selecting “Copy and print services.” See:
I understand. You can email them to me as PDF files! I have instructions on how to do that here: http://seattlefaircredit.com/how-to-email-documents-as-pdf-files/