How to Print WordPress Form Entries to PDF

How to Print WordPress Form Entries to PDF (The Easy Way)

Do you want to print entries from your WordPress form to PDF? Creating a PDF copy of an entry makes it easy to save and email your form submissions.

In this article, we’ll show you the easy way to use a WordPress plugin to print your form entries.

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Why Use a WordPress Print Form Plugin?

Sometimes you’ll want to archive or print entries from your WordPress forms. Adobe’s PDF format is a great way to save a copy of the entry.

Using a WordPress plugin is much easier than manually printing each submission to PDF.

WPForms is the best form builder plugin for WordPress. As well as creating forms, it also lets you:

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We’re going to use WPForms as our form printing plugin because of all the powerful features it has.

How to Print WordPress Form Entries to PDF

Step 1: Install the WPForms Plugin

We’re going to use the WPForms plugin to print form entries to PDF.

If you don’t already have it installed, you’ll want to install WPForms now. If you need help, read how to install a WordPress plugin and then jump back to this article when you’re done.

It’s important to note that you’ll need at least a Basic license to see your entries in WordPress and print or save them as PDFs. You can’t print entries with WPForms Lite.

If you’re currently using the free version of WPForms, make sure to turn on the Lite Connect feature. This will let you store your entries securely in the cloud until you upgrade to the paid version. Then you’ll be able to see submissions in your WordPress dashboard and print them to PDF.

Once the plugin is ready to use, you’ll need to create a form if you don’t already have one set up.

It’s easy to make a form in less than 5 minutes. You can quickly use a template, like the Simple Contact Form.

Selecting the Simple Contact Form template

Check out our tutorial on how to create a simple contact form if you need some help.

If you’re already using Ninja Forms, Contact Form 7, or Pirate Forms, you can easily import your forms into WPForms to improve them.

Great! Now you have your form ready, let’s learn how to save your WordPress form entries to PDF.

Step 2: View Your WordPress Form Entry

For this part of the tutorial, you’ll need at least one form entry that you can print out.

If you don’t have any entries yet, you can go ahead and fill out your form with a test entry now.

WordPress form entry to PDF

We’re ready to get started!

In the WordPress dashboard, go to WPForms » Entries in the navigation menu.

Opening the WPForms Entries page

Then click the name of the form with the entry that you want to turn into a PDF.

Viewing entries for a contact form

Now you can see all of the entries for that form.

We’re going to click View next to an entry to open all of the details.

View WordPress form entry

Now we can see the entry in full. The part we want to look at is underneath in the Actions section. Here, you’ll find a bunch of useful links that let you:

  • Print or Export the entry
  • Resend the email notifications
  • Mark the entry as Unread in the WordPress dashboard
  • Star the entry so you can easily find it later

Go ahead and click Print.

Printing an entry for a contact form

The Print option lets you save the form entry as a PDF. We’ll show you how to do this next.

Step 3: Print Your WordPress Form Entry to PDF

Great! So you’ve clicked Print on your form entry. Let’s look at the options here.

First, you’ll notice that the form entry has opened up in its own tab and we can see it in a fullscreen layout.

At the top, click the link to try the Compact View.

Print preview of WordPress form entry

The Compact View shows the entry with less space around it. This is what it looks like:

Compact view of WordPress form entry in print preview

Compact view is really useful for forms with lots of fields. It will reduce the number of pages in your PDF.

Our entry is pretty short, so let’s switch back to the Normal view. Then click the Print button at the top.

Print button on WordPress form entry

Now we just need to choose the right settings in the Print dialog.

The next few screenshots show how to print a PDF in Chrome. If you use a different browser, the options will look a little different.

Here’s the print dialog with a preview of the form next to it. Did you notice how the dropdown says Save as PDF at the top?

If yours says the name of your printer, go ahead and click the Destination dropdown to change it to Save as PDF or Microsoft Print to PDF.

Choose printer to print WordPress form to PDF

If you don’t see the option to save to PDF, you’ll need to check your browser documentation to find out how to enable it.

Also, did you notice that we checked Background graphics? If you want to see the colored rows in the PDF, be sure to check this now:

WordPress form to PDF options

All done. Click Save to save the form entry as a PDF.

And that’s it! Your final PDF will look similar to this. You might have a little more space around the entry depending on the settings you use.

WordPress form entry - printed to PDF

Great! Now your form entry is in its own PDF file that you can attach to emails or save on your computer.

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Next, Export Form Entries to CSV or Excel

Did you know that you can export form entries in different ways? Check out this tutorial on how to export form entries to CSV or how to export form entries to Excel.

Ready to do more with your forms? Get started today with the easiest WordPress form builder plugin. WPForms Pro includes powerful entry export options and offers a 14-day money-back guarantee.

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Comments

  1. Is it possible to have an email of the entry emailed automatically? Otherwise you have to manually create a PDF every time a new entry comes in.

    1. Hey Andrew – I am afraid, currently there is no built-in feature to convert the entries automatically to pdf. We have a feature request opened for this. I have gone ahead and added your vote to it so that the dev team can consider this for the future.

      I am sorry for the inconvenience!

      1. Hi Libby – Sure, I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Thanks 🙂

      2. Hey Desiree – Thanks for the suggestion. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Have a good one 🙂

      3. Hello. Where can we vote? I’d like add my vote as well. Is a must if we want to use WPforms to get donations or payments as I need to deliver a pdf as receipt.
        Thanks

      4. Hey Jorge – I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request. If it helps, you can modify your email notification message and add all relevant details there and the users can print that email meanwhile. I understand this might not be an ideal workaround for you. We will keep this feature on our radar for the future.

        Sorry for the inconvenience.

      5. Hey Jérémie- I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Have a good one 🙂

      6. Hey Steve- We appreciate your interest here! Yes, I have added your vote to the feature request list.

        Have a good one 🙂

      7. Hey Michelle – I am afraid I can’t provide any ETA on this, but I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Thanks for your patience!

      8. I would like to add my vote to this as well. It’s currently a function we can use in Gravity Forms and may be the one thing that is keeping me from moving all clients to WPForms. Thank you!

      9. Hey Michelle – I totally understand how helpful it can be to email pdf of the entries automatically. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request. Meanwhile, you might try creating the pdf for individual entries as mentioned in this tutorial.

        Thanks for your patience.

      10. This article doesn’t help much. I require the form submissions to arrive into my inbox as a PDF attachment. Other forms such as Ninja Forms have this feature, I would have thought this would have been standard for WP Forms?

      11. Hey Khalid- I am sorry for the trouble you are facing here but currently, we don’t an inbuilt feature to send submissions as PDF in Email Notification. I’ve added your vote to our feature-request list.

        Thank you 🙂

      12. Add me in for this too! It’d be great to have the option for form responses to be automatically attached to the notification email as a .pdf also

      13. Hi Tom 🙂 No problem, I’ve added your vote and details to this feature request!

      14. Hi Sarah! Your vote has been added to this particular feature request 🙂 Thanks!

      15. Please add my vote for this too, this needs to be built in. Performing the manual steps outlined here is simply not viable for many sites.

      16. Hey Chris- I agree how useful the PDF addon in a Notification email can be! I have added your vote to the enhancement list.

        Thanks, and sorry!

      17. Can you add my vote for an automatic pdf created and emailed from form submission

      18. Hi Darren! I’ve added your vote to this particular feature request! Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you’d like to be seeing included to WPForms in the future.

        Your email address has been added to the list, so when there are updates regarding this feature request, you’ll be receiving those updates as well 🙂

      19. I vote for this too. it would be such a handy feature to keep some recipients out of the admin dashboard 🙂

      20. Hi Noel,

        I have added your vote and thank you for sharing your valuable feedback on the benefits of this feature!

        Have a good one 🙂

      21. As someone who is contemplating moving an institute’s entire form system over to WPForms from Ninja Forms, I absolutely think this feature and request is essential.

        I also see that the original post is almost a year old now… count this as my vote and a call for some kind of update on a timeline.

      22. Hi Lucio! I’ve added your vote and details to this feature request, so you’ll receive news about it when there are updates. Unfortunately we do not have a timeline to provide at the moment, but it is definitely in the works.

        If you have any further questions about this, please contact us 🙂

      23. Hi Jan! Thanks for reaching out to us! I’ve noted your interest in this feature and have added your vote 🙂

      24. Hi Fr! I’m sorry but our PDF addon is still not available yet as it is a work in progress. I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email address to our list so that when we do have news to share about it, you’ll receive updates.

        I apologize that we’re not able to provide you with what you’re looking for at the moment.

        If you have any further questions about this, please contact us 🙂

      25. Hey Liza – I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Thanks 🙂

    2. Hi. Any update on this function? My staff do not have access to the website but need pdf copies of submissions. Please add my vote if this is still open

      1. Hey Willow, I am sorry but we don’t have an update. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Thanks and have a good one

      2. Definitely a much needed feature! Please make the email to PDF happen! It seems there are many of us who could benefit from this.

      3. Hey Beth, I totally agree it would be super helpful to have this feature implemented though we don’t have an update on the same. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

        Thanks

    1. Hey Lori- I’m sorry, but I’m not sure that I understand your question – but we’d be happy to help! Could you please contact us in support with some extra details about what you’d like to be able to do?
      Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey April – I am afraid currently only logged in users can edit the entries. If your users are registered users on your site and they can log in, I would suggest going through this article and allow required access to different user roles and then they can edit the entries.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Feature Request:
    I have an existing PDF form with spaces for First Name and Last Name. I also have a WPForm that has FirstName and Last Name. I would (as would many others) like to be able for WPForm extension to be able to map WPForm First Name data to PDF First Name field, and WPForm Last Name data into the PDF Last Name field.

    I would like the form to have an option like []Fill in and save PDFForm.pdf

    Then when you check the box and click Submit, it will put the proper data in corresponding places in the form and save the form to a .pdf file.

    1. Hey Christopher – I apologize! We currently don’t have a way to map WPForms fields to a PDF form. I do agree it would be super helpful and I’ve added a vote to our Feature request list.

      If you need any further help on this please feel welcome to reach out to our support team.

      Have a good one. 🙂

  3. I see that there is a “Feature Request” to add a feature of sending the form as a PDF. Is there any movement on this? Was it adopted into a feature? I also DESPERATELY need this feature, as I have a few clients who need the form submission in a PDF or Jpeg, but we cannot use the internal entries feature for security reasons.

    1. Hey Cody – I totally understand how useful it would be to have this feature. I am afraid we can’t provide any ETA on this at the moment. I have gone ahead and added your vote to keep it on our radar as we plan out our roadmap for the future.

      Thanks for your patience.

      1. Hey Derral- Thank you for your interest here! I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request list.

        Have a good one 🙂

    1. Hey Kym- I’ve added a vote to our feature request list and we’ll keep it on our radar as we plan out our roadmap for the future.

      We appreciate your interest 🙂

  4. I vote for PDF delivery as well. That is what I was looking for when I came to this post. Thank you.

    1. Hi Zelda- Thanks for the suggestion. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

      Have a good one 🙂

    1. Hey John- Thank you for your interest here! I have added your vote to the feature request list!

      Thanks, and have a good one 🙂

  5. I have a few enquiries to make:
    1. Is it possible for a user to print a summary after the form is filled from the front end?

    An example is after filling school admission forms, one is able to get a printable version of the details he/she has entered. They print or save as pdf for reference.

    2. I would also like to know if it possible for users to fill forms, and continue later. In that case, if a code will be generated for the user if they are exiting without completing the form, that they re-enter to continue from where they stopped.

    1. Hey Eric! We don’t have a built in option for printing a summary for your users, but you can achieve a similar result by either including your form’s just collected data into the form’s confirmation message, or in a Notification email. You’ll need to leave some information for your users to print the data via their browsers built in print feature.

      As for allowing users to partially fill forms for later completion, currently our plugin does not have this feature. I do agree it would be super helpful, though. I’ve made a note of the feature request and we’ll keep it on our radar as we plan out our roadmap for the future.

      If you have a WPForms license, you have access to our email support, so please submit a support ticket.
      Otherwise, we provide limited complimentary support in the WPForms Lite WordPress.org support forum.

      I hope this helps!

  6. Add my vote to this list please. Would be great if the PDF is attached automatically to the email too.

  7. Please add my vote to this. The text email of form entries makes it add to attach to client profile.
    FYI – forminator and E2Pdf have this feature.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Tayo! I’ve added your vote and details to this feature request, so you’ll receive any updates about it when it becomes available 🙂

      Thanks!

  8. Hello there,
    I’m adding my vote to this list too. Would be great if the PDF is attached automatically to the email. Please let us know !

    1. Hello Raïssa! I’ve included your vote to this feature request, as well as your information, so when we have updates regarding this feature you’ll get notified 🙂

      Thanks!

  9. I would like to add my vote as well for the PDF automatically as an attachment. I would also like to request a feature of exporting multiple entries as PDFs.

    1. Hi Felicia- We have added your suggestion and vote on the list of feature requests.

      We appreciate your interest here 🙂

  10. I would like to add my vote as well for the PDF automatically as an attachment. It is essential in my opinion to remove this very repetitive and restrictive manual task that can be done automatically. Let me know. Thank you

    1. Hi Loïc! Thanks for letting us know 🙂 I’ve added your vote and information to this particular feature request, so you’ll be receiving an update when it becomes available. While we don’t have a delivery date for this feature yet, it is in progress, so please bear with us a while longer 🙂

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for sharing your vote here! I have added to the list. Currently there is no ETA on this feature. I agree it would be pretty useful; So I have added your vote the list. This way you’ll be notified if the feature is approved and made live.

      Thanks again for the suggestion and I am sorry for the inconvenience!

    1. Hi Vanessa!

      I apologize but at this time we do not have any updates regarding the development of the PDF addon. It is something that we’re working on adding in a future update though 🙂

      I’ve added your email to our list to receive updates about this particular feature request, so when there is news about it, you’ll receive updates.

      Thanks!

      1. Sure thing Tyler! It is done and your email has been added to the list as well, so when there is news about this feature, you’ll receive updates.

        Thanks!

    1. Hi Adam! At this time we don’t have an ETA for when the PDF addon would be released, but it is definitely coming up 🙂

      I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

  11. Wow…what a bummer that this email a PDF feature has not been finished yet. I just purchased this WPForms Pro version to allow us to have clients online sign a waiver of liability, release, hold harmless, etc….forwarding a PDF copy to the person who just did all the signing is the standard practice for follow up….you guys need to knock this problem out soon…

    1. Hi Steve! I apologize that we don’t have the PDF addon ready yet, nor do we have an ETA currently. It is something that is in the works though, so please check back in the future 🙂

      I’ve also noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list, so you’ll receive news about this particular feature as they come available.

      Thanks!

  12. In addition to voting for this to become an addon, I would also suggest that the resulting PDF has a way to have a header with the logo and the title you want to give to your form, instead of the internal display that says Contact Form – Entry #23.

    Also a footer area predesigned where we can add a standard predetermined message to the client, like “Thank you for submitting your information” or “This quotation will be valid for such and such time”, etc.

    1. Hi Monica,

      Sure thing! I have added the suggested details to the existing Feature Request. We appreciate your interest and thank you for sharing your valuable idea!

      Have a good one! 🙂

  13. Any updates on the addon you guys are going to develop? Im anxiously waiting for that. Please add my vote also.

    1. Hi Bangash.

      I apologize that we don’t have the PDF addon ready yet, nor do we have an ETA currently.

      I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      Thanks and have a good one!

      1. Hey Ken, thanks for reaching out to us!

        I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

        Thanks and have a good one!

  14. Hello, we have been waiting on the PDF addon update since 2020 its been the same response “we are working on the feature, no ETA yet”. It’s becoming quite frustrating, look at all of the votes and requests for this feature. Please give us an update on this request ASAP or should we begin to look for alternatives? Thanks

    1. Hey Eyad,

      Whereas we strive for the best to keep our customers updated once the features are released, I apologize that we don’t have the PDF addon ready yet. Giving an estimated time when the feature may be released is not possible at the moment but I will share this feedback with our team. I apologize for the same.

      I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      Thanks!

    1. Hey Karri, I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      Thanks!

    1. Hey Pascal – I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      Thanks!

  15. Like other commenters here, I found this post because I want WPForms to send a PDF along with the notification email.

    I use WPForms for lengthy client onboarding questionnaires, and I want to simply download the PDF from the notification email and upload it to our client project folder where everyone on the team can easily find it.

    Yes I can add everyone’s email to the notification settings, but this email will get lost in all the other emails.

    1. Hi Clark – I apologize we can’t provide what you are looking for at the moment.

      However, I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      Thanks!

  16. Why is it taking so long for the pdf addon to arrive? Is there really no deadline?
    Is this such a big problem?

    1. Hey Pascal, I apologize for the frustration that we’re not able to provide the PDF addon update at the moment.

      Due to the large number of feature suggestions we’re receiving from our users, we need to review and prioritize the features and enhancements to be included in each development cycle.

      Currently, new features/enhancements (for recent updates, please check our announcement page) get prioritized based on several factors, such as their benefit to the majority of our plugin users, the demand for the feature, as well as development resources required. Unfortunately, for now, we don’t have an update regarding the PDF addon.

      However, we do appreciate these feature suggestions and keep them for future review. I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

      I apologize again for any trouble with this.

      Thanks!

      1. People have been asking for this feature for 2 years. Please stop lying to everyone, “we dont have an update at the moment”? Dude, it’s been 2 years of people asking and your team leading everyone on. Ridiculous

      2. Hey there, Whereas we strive for the best to keep our customers updated once the features are released, I apologize that we don’t have the PDF addon ready yet. Giving an estimated time when the feature may be released is not possible at the moment but I will share this feedback with our team. I apologize for the same.

        I’ve noted your interest in this feature and added your email to our list to receive updates about this feature.

        Thanks!

  17. May be possible to place a field mixing it with text to simulate a paper form (i.e. “I, the undersigned ___name field___ , born in ____born city field___…”) so when I prin the PDF I obtain the same paper form? Thank you.

    1. Hi Giacomo,

      Currently, we do not have a built way to achieve this form structure. By the way, great suggestion! I’ll go ahead and add your vote to consider this as a feature request for future enhancements.

      Thanks 🙂

  18. I’ve just purchased WP Forms Pro and emailing a PDF is literally the most important part of what I need to use this for. I read somewhere else that it was possible in this form but the solution available is not what I need.

    Can you tell me if this feature is due to be released in the next month or if I should just request a refund now?

    1. Hey Jon, to ensure we are as thorough as possible and to avoid any confusion, please allow us to respond via email support. Thanks!

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