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Finders Keepers

Friday, November 19th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Finders Keepers

You’ve searched high and low for that specific information on that particular web site, but you don’t want to add it to your Favorites because the list is so long it can hardly be considered a “favorites” anymore (whew!). So, what do you do?

I say, you found it, so keep it!

You can save it as a Web Archive. This little trick lets you save the must-have web page in all its glory without needing to remember the long www.blahblahblah or anything else for that matter.

Okay, I know what you’re going to say. You already know how to save web pages to your computer as html files so why should you save them as web archives?

Well, let me tell you why.

Saving the page as a Web Page, complete (htm, html) file puts the web page plus a large folder on your computer (the folder has all the stuff the page needs). Usually it takes a while and that darn folder is full of junk that is just unnecessarily eating up space. Now, compare that to the one, simple little file a Web Archive makes. No folders, no junk, just the good stuff.

Here’s how you do it:

Let’s say you’re cruising along the web and viola, there it is. The one page of information you have been searching for. Say a quiet, heartfelt thank you, then stealthily go to your browser’s menu and choose File / Save As .

A new window pops-up and lets you choose where you want to save it (I’m stashing mine right on my desktop), what you want to name it, and how you want to save it.

Once you’ve picked the save location and name, go to the Save as type: pull down menu and choose Web Archive, single file (*.mht) , then click the Save button.

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That’s it, you’re finished. Now, whenever you want to check out that precious info, you just have to open the file you saved. Cool.

~ Kim Ganues

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