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Apr 19, 2010

How To Save a Webpage

How to Save a Webpage

You've got a number of options here.

The first is to do just that: Save the page and its image files. And the current versions of most browsers make this very simple.

In either Firefox or Chrome, press CTRL-S to bring up the Save As dialog box. In the 'Save as type' field, select Web Page Complete, and save the file to your desired location.

If you're using Internet Explorer, select Page (near the upper-right corner), then Save As. In IE, the ‘Save as type,' menu offers two "Webpage complete" options. You want Webpage complete (*.htm; *.html).

When they save the page, all three of these browsers create an .htm file, plus a folder containing all the necessary images. The code in the .htm file has been altered to look for image files in that folder. The result isn't always perfect, and heavily coded pages may not render properly.

Another problem with this method: If the .htm file and the folder get separated, or if you change the folder's name, the page won't find its images.

Internet Explorer offers a one-file solution that gets around this problem: Web Archives. To create one, select Page, then Save As. For ‘Save as type,' selectWeb Archive, single file (*mht). Now you know why IE offers two Web Archive options.

These archives aren't perfect, either. You can only view them in Internet Explorer (a serious problem if a Linux user must look at them), and they still drop a lot of images.

The final solution is to save the page as a .pdf file. These files are compact, don't have to travel with a folder of images, can be read with a free reader that almost everybody has, and include all of the images on the page.