How to Send a Web Page (as Link, Text, or PDF)

©Matthew Burpee; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

OS X Mail lets you send links to web pages, but also copies of the pages themselves easily.

You can send the link, of course, and you will.

Why not also send the recipient to a web page, however, that may no longer exist? Why not allow the recipient to read and see the page just as you are seeing it now—right in the email or in a PDF reader? Why not share that content rendered legibly in Safari Reader?

Using Mac OS X Mail, you need not copy, you need not paste, and you need not convert. Sharing pages on the web from Safari is easy, and you can pick the format, too: the page as it appears on the net, the words and pictures as Safari Reader shows them, the page saved as a PDF file (either including all formatting or, when available, as rendered by Safari Reader), or, finally, the link alone.

Send a Web Page (as Link, Text or PDF) in Mac OS X Mail

To send a web page from Safari using Mac OS X Mail (either as a plain link, the web page as it is shown in Safari, the page as it appears in Safari Reader, or the page rendered as a PDF file):

  1. Open the web page you want to share in Safari.

  2. Press Command-I.

    You can also click the Share button in the Safari toolbar and select Email this Page from the menu that comes up or

    select File | Share | Email this Page from the main Safari menu.

  3. Pick the desired format for sending under Send Web Content As: in the message's header area:

    Reader: send the web page's text and images as they appear in Safari Reader (when available).

    Web Page: send the web page as it appears with full formatting in Safari.

    Make sure the email is sent using rich text formatting if you use Web Page; select Format | Make Rich Text from the menu if available.

    PDF: send the web page rendered as a PDF file.

    Any PDF viewer will show the formatting as you see it, and rendering does not depend on the recipient's email program—say, on a mobile device; note that the recipient must have a device that is capable of showing PDF files for them to see the fully formatted page (they can still follow the link to the page on the web).

    The PDF file will show Safari Reader display if available; if Reader is not available, the PDF will include the full web page as it appears in Safari.

    Note that web pages with advertising depend on their sites being visited by people with whom their content is shared.

  4. Link Only: share but the link to the web page so the recipient can open it in her or his browser. OS X Mail always includes the link no matter which option you choose.

  5. Address the message.

  6. Edit the Subject: field if the web page's title alone is not descriptive enough.

  7. Add why you think what you share will interest the recipient
     if your reason for sending the page is not obvious.

  8. Click Send message or press Command-Shift-D to send the email and web page or link.

(Updated April 2015, tested with OS X Mail 8)