Export a padlet

Johannes Gutenberg changed the world forever in 1440 when he invented the printing press. With the instructions below, you can change the world forever by exporting your padlet into a printable or otherwise static version.

Accessing the export options

  1. Open your padlet and click the Share arrow in the action bar.
  1. Scroll down and to the Export options.
  1. Click your preferred file format and adjust the settings if needed. Now you have exported your padlet!

Available export options

Save as image

This option will export your padlet as a PNG file. To save the file, right click the image and then click Save image as...

Export as PDF

When you Export as PDF, you will need to choose your preferred page size and orientation. You will also need to decide if you'd like a Handout or Slides. Then click Generate to complete the export.

A Handout will generate your padlet just as it sounds - with your posts on a paper. Slides will generate each slide on a page in PDF form. With Slides you can decide if you'd like the background included or excluded.

Once the PDF loads in a new tab, click the download button in the upper right corner.

The attachments of your exported PDF are fully functional, so you can click any attachment to load it in a new window.

Save as CSV

This will download your padlet as a CSV file. You can use Numbers on a Mac or Microsoft Excel to open this file.

Save as Excel spreadsheet

This will download your padlet as an XLSX spreadsheet file. This exported spreadsheet will contain as many as four detailed worksheets depending on the contents of your padlet: Posts, Comments, Reactions and Summary. Attachments on the padlet will be linked directly on the exported spreadsheet.

When exporting as a CSV or Excel file, we will include timestamps for your posts. The timestamps will be in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).


Select this option to print your padlet! You can choose the printer destination, orientation, and other options at this time.


Why should I export my padlet?
You can print the final version of your padlet to display on a bulletin board. If you are a teacher, you might find it easier to grade your students' submissions with an Excel file.
I exported my padlet as a CSV/Excel. Why are the timestamps wrong?
If you export your padlet as a CSV or Excel file, we will include timestamps for the posts. The timestamps will be in UTC or Coordinated Universal Time. This is due to the processor we use to export the padlets. To see the timestamps in your local time zone, open the activity panel and hover over the shortened timestamp.
Okay, but I really need my timestamps to be in my time zone. Is there a formula to correct them?
Absolutely. If you exported your padlet as an Excel file and want the timestamps to match your timezone, you can work a little Excel magic.

In a new cell, add this formula: =(LEFT(E7,19) - 8/24) -> You will need to customize two parts of this formula.

First, you should replace E7 with whichever cell you want to convert.

Second, you will need to adjust the end of the formula (-8/24) so it matches your time zone. I'm in California, which follows PST. UDT is 8 hours ahead of PST, so I am subtracting 8 hours. If you are in EST, you would change the end of the formula to -5/24. If you are ahead of UDT—say, in Sydney—you may need to add hours instead. For Sydney, the formula would end +11/24.

Once you add this formula, the cell should populate with a number.

To convert this number to the timestamp, go to Format > Cells > Number > Time and choose one of the last two options. Now you should see the timestamp in your time zone! If you have a simpler formula, drop us a line.

If you have any questions about exporting your padlet, please contact us!

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