Lesson 9   Saving a Web Page

       Perhaps you want read the information on a web page but would like to read it offline (not connected). Or, perhaps you want to use some of the information on the web page in a lesson or document that you are creating. There are several things you can do.

       A web page CAN be saved on your computer, however, remember that it can take up a lot of disk space. If you want to be able to access the information later, it is most efficient to bookmark (Lesson 6) the page and return to it later. However, sometimes there is information that is too lengthy to read online or to which you want quick access. You may want to have this information saved on your computer.

Practice Exercise 1: Saving the Web Page

Use the following procedure to save a web page:

  1. Make sure you know where you want to save the file. You may want to create a folder on your hard drive (or floppy disk) called Web Pages or put it in some topic related folder.
  2. Open the following web page on your computer:
  3. Choose Save As from the File menu.

  4. Select the directory (folder) in which you want to save the file (see diagram below).
  5. Type a name for the file in the File Name box (even though a name may have already defaulted there, you can change it).
  6. Leave the file Type set to .HTML (or .HTM) so that this will be saved as a hypertext document.
  7. Select the Save button. The file should now be stored on your computer (or floppy disk).

Practice Exercise 2: Opening the Saved File in the Browser

This file can now be opened in your browser while you are offline. (You can keep your browser open, however, disconnect from the phone line.) To Open the file, do the following:

  1. Open your web browser (it may already be open, just disconnect from the phone line)
  2. Choose Open (or Open Page, or Open File) from the File menu.

  3. This will bring up the Open Page dialog box. Select the Choose File (NS),or Browse (IE), button and find the file that you just saved. Find and select this file.

  4. Click on the Open (NS), OK (IE) button.

  5. This will open the web page as a file in your browser. Note that there are no graphics on this file. When you save a web page to your computer, you will not get the graphics.
Practice Exercise 3: Saving by Copying and Pasting

Perhaps you just want a small portion of the information saved. In this case, it is recommended that you use the Copy and Paste functions.

  1. Connect to the Internet again and open your browser.
  2. Return to the web page you used above: http://www.gsn.org/teach/articles/netasplace.html
  3. Using your cursor, highlight a portion of the text that you would like to save.

  4. Select Copy from the Edit menu (or use Ctrl + C - PC, or Command + C - Mac). This will copy this information to the "clipboard".
  5. Open your word processor and create a new file.
  6. Select Paste from the Edit menu of your word processor (or use Ctrl + V - PC, or Command + V - Mac). This should place the information that you just copied into your word processing document.
  7. Save this as a word processing file (not .HTML) using the File -> Save As function.

BB9 - Saving a Web Page
  1. Find an interesting web page and save it to your hard drive (or a floppy disk) as an HTML file.
  2. Find a different web site. Copy and paste a small portion of information from this web page into a word processing document. Save this as a word processing file.

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