Tutorials: How to save web pages

If you’ve ever been on the Internet and found a page that you wanted to read or keep for further reference, when offline then follow these instructions.  You can save web pages, using Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.  The whole procedure is very similar to any other web browser you may have used previously.


The current screenshots used in this tutorial are from Internet Explorer 5, but the method is the same, whichever version you have.  Whilst online, wait until the page(s) you want to save has fully downloaded.  Then go to the File menu and select Save As.


Click on the arrow to the right of the Save As Type option to access a drop-down menu.


There will be a number of various choices:

You can save just the text or save an HTML-only file which won’t include graphics or animations.  You might want to choose these options if you are worried about disk space or are only interested in the text rather than the formatting of the page or the images that it contains.

You can also choose the Web Page (complete) option.  This will save the whole page to file so that you can browse it from your hard disk just as it would appear if you were online.



Give the page a name and leave the encoding choice set to Western European (Windows).  This option rarely needs to be changed.


When you are disconnected from the Internet, you can either use your browser to open the page(s) you have saved or open them directly, from the folder you saved them in.  This procedure could be used to save a whole web site, however due to the size of most websites, this process would take some time.

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