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A Firefox ScrapBook

Friday, December 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

A Firefox ScrapBook

Have you ever found a great Web site that you absolutely fell in love with, but when you go back to visit it again, you get the “404 Page Not Found” error message? That can be so frustrating! If you recall, awhile back, I showed you Onfolio for Internet Explorer, which allows you to easily save Web pages and text snippets on your hard drive. But what about Firefox? Well, for all you Firefox users, you need a special Firefox extension called ScrapBook. It has all the features of Onfolio and more. Let’s check it out!

1.) First, head on over to the ScrapBook download page here. Just click the green Install Now button and then restart Firefox when prompted.

2.) Once Firefox has reopened, you’re ready to begin using ScrapBook!

3.) Go to a sample site you’d like to bookmark. Once you’re there, on the menu, select Capture Page.

4.) When you see a little Capture Completed box, you’ll know that page has been saved to your computer.

5.) Now, go to a different site, go up to ScrapBook and select Capture Page As.

6.) You have a couple of options here. You can choose to save the images, styles and Javascript code on that page or you can choose whether or not to save any downloadable files on that page.

7.) Finally, you can pick the depth of links you’d like to save. This is a very important step! This could be useful if you’re reading an article that has links to other pages. If you had the depth set to 0 (zero), you wouldn’t be able to read those pages. If it was set to 1, you’d be able to. However, if it was set to 2, you’d be able to click links on the second page and so on. Just imagine how useful that could be. You could save pages when you have an Internet connection and view them somewhere later without a connection, just like normal!

8.) After you’ve selected the different options, click Capture.

Now, I’d like you to go to the ScrapBook menu and click Show in Sidebar. You’ll see the pages you’ve captured listed there. Go ahead and click on one of them.

Now, check out the toolbar at the bottom of the page. It will look like this:

If you select some text and select the highlighter button, it will become highlighted. Selecting the pencil allows you to put little sticky notes all over the page and the D.O.M. eraser gets rid of unnecessary elements on the page (just like R.I.P.).

I hope you enjoyed learning about ScrapBook. Trust me, it can be a real timesaver!

~ Neil Patel

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