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How to Turn Screenshot into PDF on Any Device

Mar 8 2024

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Do you always capture and save information as screenshots? Need to access and work with them later? Turn your screenshots into PDFs whether you’re online, on Windows, Mac, or mobile devices.

Screenshots are a convenient way to capture any information instantly. You can record everything you see on-screen and preserve it as a record with just a few clicks.

But the hard part is integrating that screenshot into a file format you can work with. Don’t know where to begin? Transfer them into a PDF file!

In this guide, we’ll show you how to convert screenshots to PDF instantly in five different ways:

  • Online
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Mobile (iPhone and Android)

Join us as we walk you through the different ways of converting your screenshots into PDFs. But first, let’s look at why you’d want to choose the PDF format.

Why convert screenshots to PDF?

While at first it may not seem like it, converting your screenshots into PDFs can be ideal for several reasons:

  • Documentation: By converting screenshots to PDFs, you can create a more organized and easily accessible document from your snap shots.
  • Presentation: As you change from screenshot to PDF, you can compile multiple images into a single document to present and display them easily.
  • Sharing: PDFs are widely compatible and can be easily shared, making your images viewable by everyone regardless of OS or device.
  • Compression: PDFs can reduce the file size of screenshots, making them easier to store and share without sacrificing their quality.
  • Annotation: You can easily annotate, add text or comments onto your screenshot while it’s in PDF format.

Whether you’re online, on Windows, Mac, or on the go with your mobile phone, we’ll help you get started.

How to turn a screenshot into a PDF online

The best way to convert your screenshot to PDF is to use a free online PDF converter like Xodo. It lets you perform the conversion from anywhere.

1.Go to Xodo’s PDF Converter tool.

2. Upload your screenshot image.

3. Click on Convert.

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4. Download and save your PDF to your device.

The main advantage of turning your screenshots into PDF online is that you can continue to use Xodo to work further with your PDF files. A few common tasks you can perform:

  • Merge PDF – If you have multiple screenshots you want to integrate into another PDF document, you can upload your PDFs and use Xodo to merge them together.
  • Edit PDF– Once you get your screenshot into a PDF, you can work with and edit the PDF directly including annotating, adding text, and more.
  • Compress PDF – For sharing and sending screenshots, you can compress your PDF down to smaller sizes without losing any quality.

How to turn a screenshot into a PDF on Windows

Windows’ pre-installed Snipping Tool is one of the quickest tools to make screenshot a PDF. When you capture a screenshot, Windows will automatically open the application.

When it does, follow these steps: 

1. Click on the 3 horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner.

2. Click on Print.

3. Select the Microsoft PDF as PDF option.

You can then adjust settings such as the Orientation, Paper size, and Horizontal and Vertical Alignment.

4. Click on Print.

5. Name your file, select a location, and click on Save.

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If you’re on a Mac, we’ve got you covered there, as well.

How to save a screenshot as a PDF on Mac

To convert your Mac screenshot to PDF, follow the below steps:

1. Open your screenshot image in the Preview app.

2. Click on File in the menu bar and select Export to PDF.

3. Then name your file, select a location and save the screenshot as a PDF on your Mac.

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As an alternative option, you can also access Xodo in your browser if you need to create a PDF from your screenshot. Just follow the steps in the first section above using your browser.

How to turn screenshot into PDF on iPhone and Android 

Taking screenshots on your mobile device is common and convenient. It allows for quick display of digital tickets or capturing details from important receipts.

You can easily save screenshots as PDF on your mobile device with Xodo, which is cross-compatible with Android and iOS.

The steps below are for Android, but are similar to those for iPhone, so you can easily follow along on your iOS device and convert HEIC to PDF, as well:

1. Open the Xodo app.

2. Tap on the Actions button (Lightning Bolt icon) at the bottom of the screen and tap on Image to PDF. 

3. Access your screenshot image by tapping on Gallery > Albums > Screenshots.

4. Locate your screenshot image and tap on it to add it to the Image to PDF conversion queue. You can then choose to Reduce file size and Recognize text (OCR) options.

6. Tap on Convert.

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Xodo will instantly start the conversion process and display the screenshot in the Xodo interface. The file will then be saved in your Processed Files folder.

Work with screenshots, PDFs, and Xodo

And that’s it! We’ve covered how to convert your visual snapshots into professional-grade documents on the most popular platforms and devices – online, Windows, Mac, and on mobile devices.

Whether you're capturing vital information or putting together a report, transforming a simple screenshot into a PDF opens up a world of possibilities.

And with the help of Xodo, you can edit, share, and do more with your PDF. Check out and try out Xodo’s tools below.

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