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Save Text and Pictures from the Internet with Windows 8

Internet Explorer is one of two web browsers that come with Windows 8. When you're browsing the Internet, you'll probably run across text and pictures that you want to save to your hard drive.

To save just a little of a web page’s text, select the text you want to grab, right-click it, and choose Copy. Open your word processor and paste the text into a new document and save it in your Documents folder with a descriptive name.

To save all the text from a website, it’s easiest to save the entire web page.

To save a website’s text but strip all the formatting and fonts, paste the copied text into Notepad, found in the Start screen’s All Apps area. Notepad immediately strips out the formatting. Then copy the text from Notepad and paste it into the word processor of your choice.

As you browse through web pages and spot a picture that’s too good to pass up, save it to your computer: Right-click the picture and choose Save Picture As.

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The Save Picture window appears, letting you choose a new filename for the picture or stick with the filename used by the web page. Click Save to place your pilfered picture in your Pictures folder.

The crowded pop-up menu offers other handy options, as well, letting you choose to print or e-mail the picture or even set it as your desktop’s background.

Remember the little picture by your name on the Windows 8 Welcome screen? Feel free to use any picture from the Internet. Right-click the new picture and save it to your Pictures folder. Then use the Start screen’s equivalent of the desktop’s Control Panel — the PC Settings screen — to transform that picture into your new user account picture.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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