How To Combine Screenshots into One PDF

There are multiple ways to combine screenshots into one PDF. The methods may differ if you are using a Mac or a PC, but the end result is the same. You get a single PDF file that can easily be emailed, shared via messaging apps, or uploaded to a cloud. You can also print out the document if you need a physical copy.

How To Combine Screenshots into One PDF

Luckily, creating one PDF from your screenshots is not too difficult. Native macOS apps, certain third-party websites, and many cloud services allow you to quickly get your PDF file. The following sections will give you a detailed guide on how to combine multiple screenshots into a single PDF file on various devices.

Windows

As there are no native tools to create a PDF from screenshots on a PC, Windows users need to resort to third-party apps or online services.

TinyWow Tools

TinyWow Tools are free online PDF tools(among other tools) that have been developed by our in-house team.  Simply upload your pdf file to our create a pdf from images, and click the Create PDF button to begin processing.  Your file should be ready for export within a few seconds and then you can easily download the newly combined pdf files.

Here’s a quick guide.

  1. Visit TinyWow.com using your favorite browser. 


  2. Locate “Convert JPG to PDF” from the lists.


  3. Click “Upload from PC or Mobile” or drag the images you want to convert.


  4. Conversion will only take seconds. Click the “Download” button to save your file. 

Google Docs

This method yields somewhat different results than the previous, but you still get to combine screenshots into one PDF. ]

  1. Open a new Google document


  2. Drag and drop your screenshots onto the page.


  3. Resize the images and get two or more to fit on one page.


  4. Click File in the menu bar, select “Download As,” and click “PDF document (.pdf).”


If you need the PDF for a presentation or a business meeting, the Google Docs method is great because you can also add annotations to your screenshots. Also, this method puts screenshots against a white document background, whereas the background may appear black or graphite with most other methods. However, this is only a matter of aesthetics and it doesn’t make any difference to the actual file format or its quality.

MacOS

Quick Actions

Quick Actions were introduced with macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and they are designed to help you make quick changes to files. There is no need to access an app in order to alter files and this feature works with documents, images, and most other file types on your Mac. To combine screenshots into one PDF:

  1. Locate the image files you’d like to add and select all of them. You can bulk select with your mouse/trackpad or click on the screenshots while holding the Cmd key.


  2. Right-click on one of the selected screenshots (two-finger tap on the trackpad) and navigate to
    “Quick Actions.”


  3. Select “Create PDF” and voila, you’ve got a single PDF file from the screenshots.


Note: This method retains the native resolution of your images/screenshots. Based on the size and resolution, each image is on a separate page within the PDF document.

Preview

There is also an option to create a PDF from the native Preview app. This method works on Mojave and other macOS versions, so you can use it if you haven’t already updated your Mac.

  1. Select your screenshots, right-click on one, go to “Open With,” and choose “Preview” (the first option at the top of the submenu.)


  2. The screenshots will pop up in Preview; you can drag them up or down to reposition them.


  3. Once you are happy with the arrangement, click on File and select “Export as PDF.”

When you take screenshots on your phone they might appear sideways or upside down in Preview. To correct this:

  1. Select a screenshot


  2. Click on the Rotate button in the Preview toolbar (right above the image).


Expert Tip

If you need to include a large number of screenshots it’s best to put them in one folder following the order you want to use in the PDF. For example, title the images screenshot1, screenshot2, screenshot3, and so on. This will make combining screenshots later much easier

Wrapping Up

Combining multiple screenshots into one PDF is an important skill to have, whether it be on Windows or MacOS. It’s always important to present your information in an organized and cohesive manner. Do you have any questions, tips, or tricks related to combining multiple screenshots into a single PDF? Let us know in the comments below

2 thoughts on “How To Combine Screenshots into One PDF”

ken campbell says:
(Mac OS High Sierra) Make sure the Preview sidebar is visible. Make sure your images are in order top to bottom. Shift-click to select each page, then choose Export as PDF.
Michelle says:
We are following the steps to turn screenshots into a PDF using the preview method. When we export as a PDF, the PDF saves and opens with only one of the selected screenshots. Do you know how to correct this? Thank you!

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