How to Download a PDF on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you wondering how to download a PDF on your Mac? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of downloading a PDF file on your Mac computer. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Find the PDF File

First, you need to locate the PDF file that you want to download. It could be from a website, an email attachment, or even stored locally on your Mac.

Step 2: Right-Click and Select “Save Link As”

If you have found the PDF file on a website, right-click on the link to the PDF. A context menu will appear with various options. Look for the option that says “Save Link As” and click on it.


If you are using a trackpad or a single-button mouse, hold down the Control key while clicking on the link to access the context menu.

Step 3: Choose a Destination Folder

A dialog box will now appear asking you to choose a destination folder where you want to save the downloaded PDF file. Navigate to the desired folder using the file browser and click “Save”.

Step 4: Monitor Download Progress

Your Mac will now start downloading the PDF file. You can monitor the download progress in your browser’s download manager or in your operating system’s notification center.

Step 5: Open and Enjoy Your Downloaded PDF

Once the download is complete, navigate to the destination folder where you saved the PDF file. Double-click on it, and it will open in your default PDF reader application.


If you don’t have a PDF reader installed on your Mac, you can download one from the internet. Popular PDF readers for Mac include Adobe Acrobat Reader and Preview.


You have successfully downloaded a PDF file on your Mac. Now you can read, print, or share the PDF as needed.

Additional Tips:

  • Save the PDF file with a descriptive name so that it’s easy to find later.
  • Create a dedicated folder for all your downloaded PDF files to keep them organized.
  • Regularly delete unnecessary downloaded files to free up disk space on your Mac.

With these simple steps, you can easily download any PDF file on your Mac computer. Happy downloading!

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