macOS: How to print to PDF via keyboard shortcut from any application

How to Print to PDF On a Mac

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macOS offers multiple options to print to PDF. In fact, you can save almost every file as PDF, regardless of if the application supports saving to PDF or not. In this article, I will show you how to quickly print to PDF using a keyboard shortcut and automatically save the PDF in a particular folder. My special folder is called “Scans, ” and I save most PDFs to it for further processing via an app called Hazel.

Export as PDF

Some applications for macOS natively support exporting or saving data as PDF. iA Writer, which I use for drafting new blog articles, is such an example. If I wanted to save the draft of this article as a PDF, I would go to File –> Export and choose PDF as the file format.

Safari and Mail are examples of native macOS apps that support exporting emails or web pages as PDFs via the “Export to PDF…” Menu.

But not all apps have that ability. Plus, it takes up to several extra clicks to navigate to my “Scans” folder to save the file.

macOS: How to print to PDF via keyboard shortcut from any application