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How to Browse the Internet on Your Laptop During Travel

One way to browse the Web on the road, especially if you're away from an Internet connection for some time (such as on an airplane), is to save your Web pages!

For example, before you go, leaving behind your beloved high-speed Internet connection, go to a few of your favorite Web pages and quickly browse around. As you do, save those Web pages to your hard drive for offline reading while you're away.

The only thorny thing you get into when saving a Web page is to properly choose which format to save.

In older versions of Internet Explorer, choose File→Save As. In Internet Explorer 7, choose the Save As command from the Page button's menu.

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Four options are on the Save As Type drop-down list, which appears at the bottom of the Save As dialog box:

  • Web Page, Complete (*.htm, *.html): This option saves everything on the Web page, including graphics, sounds, and fun stuff like that. It takes up quite a bit of hard drive space, creating a special folder to hold all the graphics and nontext items referenced by the Web page.

  • Web Archive, Single File (*.mht): This option saves the Web page itself, but uses the Internet storage cache to supply the images. This method takes up the least amount of hard drive space, and is best for reading.

  • Web Page, HTML Only (*.htm, *.html): This option saves only the bare Web page; that is, just the text — no graphics or multimedia. It's okay for offline reading, but not the best option.

  • Text File (*.txt): This option saves the Web page as a text file.

You can open any saved Web page just as you open any other file on your hard drive. The Web page opens in your Web browser, and you can read it just as you would on the Web.

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