Gmail is no doubt one of the most popular Web-based email services today. One of the key factors that make Gmail so popular is its ease-of-use, which in turn is largely due to its user-friendly design and layout.

While most of the features that Gmail offers are easily accessible, the ability to save an email (or entire thread) locally isn't easy to find. In this tutorial, we will discuss how you can access this feature.

Keep in mind that the instructions mentioned in this tutorial have been tested on Gmail for Web.

Save Gmail emails locally as a PDF file

For this, first click the drop-down menu icon (down arrow) corresponding to the email you want to print.


In the window that opens, observe the value of the Destination field. It should ideally be a Google Drive account.


Anyway, whatever the value, if it's not 'Save as PDF,' click the Change button and change the value to 'Save as PDF.'



That's it. Now, click the Save button (in blue), and the email/thread will be saved locally on your machine as a PDF file.

How to save Gmail email (or thread) locally as PDF file

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