Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pinterest...Saving Boards as PDFs

I don't toss and turn each night obsessing over the loss of my Pinterest boards. However, if you do, you might be interested in knowing you can save your boards as PDFs.

Chrome Print Dialog with Preview of PDF, which includes active links to websites in completed PDF

Creating PDF with Chrome
  1. Open Pinterest and display a board.
  2. Press Ctrl + P (print). A Print dialog appears with a preview of the PDF. 
  3. In Destination, click the Change button, and select Save as PDF. Be sure to notice the additional options to send to OneNote or Google Drive if you happen to use those applications.

  4. Click the Save button at the top of the Print dialog. A Save As dialog appears.
  5. Select a location to store your PDF. The system creates the PDF with active links to individual websites. 
Creating PDF with Internet Explorer or Firefox
  1. Open Pinterest and display a board.
  2. Press Ctrl + P (print). A Print dialog displays.

  3. Select PDF Creator or any similar Adobe PDF option. Be sure to notice the additional option to send to OneNote. The PDF Creator dialog appears.

  4. Add a subject and keywords if you plan to use file properties to search for the PDF. (See Are we there yet? for more info on file properties, which provide Windows-related file finding assistance.)
  5. Click the Save button. A Save As dialog appears.
  6. Select a location to store your PDF. The system creates the PDF with active links to individual websites.
P.S. Having your boards saved as PDFs makes them instantly portable...thus the name Portable Document Format, which means you can post the PDFs with active links or email them. The sky is the limit. The bonus is that you can stop obsessing about possible losses.

8 comments:

  1. I'm on a Mac and none of this works. The first page is fine, then all subsequent images squash together and I lose them. Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Leah--Not a clue. I don't use a Mac. I did find the following on the net: "Go to file, print. When the print box comes up, in the bottom L hand corner, hit PDF and save to PDF. Works the same way. Again, make sure the pins have finished fetching!" Here's the address where I found it: http://www.naptimeisthenewhappyhour.com/2012/10/how-to-save-copy-of-your-pinterest.html There are several Mac users posting about this process at this site.

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  3. I keep forgetting to reply rather than just posting a comment...user error!

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  4. I've let my pins finish fetching, and it will say it's saving 21 pages, but only the first 3 pages of the pdf doc have pins. I've tried it in chrome, IE, and tried saving it to OneNote...same thing on all of them. So sad : (

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    1. I just tried this with a board with lots of pins on it and the same thing happened to me. Given that you've tried so many alternatives, I'm guessing that Google PDF has a three page limit. I originally tried this with boards that had a dozen or so pins and they converted to PDF with no trouble.

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  5. I've tried this a number of ways and in Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer. I end up with 12 pages, 9 of them blank (the first 9), except for the original heading on the first page with the name of the board, and then the last 3 pages have my pins. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Jenn--Please see my reply to Lee Lee. You both seem to have had the same issue. You're not doing anything wrong. I think it might be a limitation of Google PDF...and IE PDF...etc. I'll try hacking around and see if I can figure this out. It might not have another solution except breaking boards down into fewer pins.

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