Wikipedia is arguably the biggest online reference resource, and when we read its pages we sometimes want to have a copy for offline purposes. The widely used but ineffective method is to copy the texts on the Wikipedia page and paste it into a word processor.
What you get from that are disorganized texts that require endless alignment and justification. But if you download the page as PDF, the texts rearrange themselves into a from good for copy-paste and easy to read like a portable document.
Having the option to download Wikipedia page or converting into PDF is the proper way of saving offline, and here is how to go about it:
How to Download Wikipedia Page to An Ebook (PDF)
- Find your way to the Wikipedia page you to download as a PDF: I found my way to Human Evolution.
- Scroll down a little on the Wikipedia page and find Download as PDF. This option is located in the left-hand column beside the main article write-up, under the Print/export option category.
- When you locate the Download as PDF option, click on it.
- Allow the page to render into PDF.
- After the rendering of the page in to PDF, you will see a message that displays Rendering finished and also displays a click-able download link.
- Click on Download the file.
Most times, clicking on Download the file will take the file down to your local disk; however in some cases the Wikipedia article, instead of downloading, will open as a PDF document within your browser, like the image below.
- To download the PDF from you browser, hover your mouse over the PDF. This will bring out some hidden options on the PDF page.
- On the displayed option, click on the download icon and you are done.
Your Wikipedia page is now downloaded to PDF, and you can use it as a portable e-book. If you want to convert the PDF as well to a well-aligned Word document, see this post on how to convert PDF to Word.