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How To Convert A Screenshot To PDF

There are many reasons why someone may wish to convert a screenshot to a PDF. For one thing, it makes the content easier to share with friends, family and colleagues. Whether you’re in a professional setting or wish to share with your nearest and dearest, PDF is a perfect choice for file sharing. It is also an ideal choice if you would like to store or archive your content.

By converting your pictures, you can optimize your storage space. In most cases, PDFs use less storage while still allowing you to make changes, annotations and add comments. For that reason, many businesses choose to archive content in this format. Or perhaps you’d like to present your image as part of a presentation. If this is the case, you’ll be hoping to change the format.

Whether you’re working on a task for your business or creating personal files, you’ll want to transform your screenshot to complete your task. One useful way to complete the mission is to use our online image converter. However, to give you all the options, we will also explore different methods. We’ve outlined information on how you can convert using other methods for PC and smartphone. Let’s begin!

How To Convert A Screenshot To PDF Step-By-Step

Transform a screenshot in just a few clicks with our online tool. Firstly, you’ll need to save your screenshot as a JPG file. Once you have a JPG file, you can upload your screenshot to our tool. Follow our step-by-step instructions below to get started:

  1. Go to https://www.formatpdf.com/en/jpg-to-pdf/
  2. Select your screenshot by clicking “Select JPG file” and locating the image file. Alternatively, drag and drop it into the red area that reads, “Or drag and drop the JPG here”.
  3. The tool will upload your document in a matter of seconds. Your screenshot will appear in front of you on the screen.
  4. You can change the file name if you like. Additionally, at this point, you can upload multiple image files and merge them into one document.
  5. Click “Convert to PDF” and the tool will get to work with transforming your images to their new format. Once downloaded, you will have a PDF version of your screenshot!

What You Need To Know About Converting A Screenshot To PDF

There are a few important things to bear in mind before transforming your images. Read on for our top tips below:

  • PDF is one of the most widely used file formats. It’s a highly versatile and universal format. Therefore, it is easily shared and transferred as you know the recipient will most likely be able to open and view your screenshot. If left in the original format, it’s difficult to know if the recipient will be able to open it, depending on what device they are using.
  • Once in the new format, you can annotate, make notes and edit your screenshot to add context or information.
  • When your file is converted into a PDF, the content is not compromised despite it going through a compression process. This is because the size is compressed without affecting the quality of the image pixels.
  • When your screenshot is in its new format, you can make further changes if required. Using our online tool, you can compress your file, crop or edit, and more.
  • To increase security, you can add a password to your screenshot file once it is in PDF format. A password will add an additional layer of protection, preventing people from editing or viewing the file.

Read More: How To Merge JPGs

Alternatives For Converting A Screenshot To PDF

The best and easiest way to convert your screenshot is by using an online tool. Our tool is free to use and works in the cloud, meaning you don’t need to download any software. Although, in the interest of balance, we know you might want to read up on all the options available.

We’ve included the best alternative options to consider when converting an image in the context of different operating systems and devices.

Options To Convert A Screenshot To PDF On Your PC

You can use different operating systems, such as Windows or Mac operating system, to change the format of your image file. Let’s analyze some of the best options.


Windows users can use Adobe Acrobat to convert their files. However, it’s likely you’ll need to take out a subscription or free trial to complete your task. Using the Acrobat online tool, you can convert JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIFF files.

Open Adobe Acrobat in your browser and head to the “Convert to PDF” page. Alternatively, drag and drop your pictures into the box. Before being able to view or download your file, you will be asked to sign up to a subscription.


Mac users can simply follow the steps above to use Adobe Acrobat. Again, this may require paying a subscription fee or signing up to a free trial.


Linux users may find the program LibreOffice sufficient to complete their task. LibreOffice Draw enables Linux users to place images on a page and then export the document as a PDF. If you’ve saved your screenshot as a JPG, you can import images into LibreOffice by dragging and dropping them. Once you’re satisfied with your arrangement, click “File” > “Export as” > “Export as PDF” > “Export”.

Options To Convert A Screenshot To PDF On Your Smartphone

Nowadays there are lots of different apps which you can employ to help you transform a screenshot. We’ve included instructions below to help you search for an app.


The iPhone App Store will contain a third-party app to help you with your request. Open the App Store and search “convert JPG to PDF” or “convert PNG to PDF” if your image file is in PNG format. Locate a suitable app and download or install it to your device. Open the app and find a button that will enable you to upload your screenshot and change the format.


Users of Android devices will need to head to the Google Play Store to complete their request. Once in the app store, search for “convert JPG to PDF” or “convert PNG to PDF”. Once you’ve found a suitable app, download or install it and upload the photo you’d like to transform. Locate a button that will enable you to convert your image and wait for it to download in its new format.

Becky is a freelance tech writer with over 8 years' experience writing for print and online. She is often found heavily caffeinated and accompanied by a laptop occupying local coffee shops, bars, co-working spaces and, frankly, anywhere she can get a strong cup of coffee. She enjoys collaborating on different projects ranging from tech to travel and everything in between!
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