How to Save Web Pages on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

If you’ve encountered a web page on your MacBook that you’d like to load later, you can save it to disk in its entirety. (Just the text, mind you, not the images.) Follow these steps:

  1. Display the desired page.

  2. Choose File→Save As or press cmd+S.

  3. In the Save As text field, type a name for the saved page.

  4. From the Where pop-up menu, navigate to the location where you want to store the file in your system.

    To expand the sheet to allow navigation to any location in your system, click the button with the downward arrow.

  5. Click the Format pop-up menu to choose the format for the saved page.

    Usually, you’ll want to choose web Archive, which saves the entire page and can be displayed just as you see it. (Note that some pages that use plug-ins or offer dynamic content may require an Internet connection to display properly as a web archive.) However, if you want to save just the HTML source code, choose Page Source.

  6. Click Save to begin the download process.

    After the saved file has been created, double-click it to load it in Safari.

A quick word about printing a page in Safari: Some combinations of background and text colors might conspire to render your printed copy practically worthless. In a case like that, use your printer’s grayscale setting (if it has one) or deselect the Print Backgrounds check box in the Print dialog (doing so can save you quite a bit of ink or toner).

Alternatively, you can simply click and drag to select the text on the page, press cmd+C to copy it, and then paste the text into TextEdit, Word, or Pages, where you can print the page on a less-offensive background (while still keeping the text formatting largely untouched). You can also save the contents of a page as plain text.

If you’d rather e-mail the contents of a web page to a friend — or just send the friend a link to the page, which is faster — choose either File→Mail Contents of This Page or File→Mail Link to This Page.

(From the keyboard, press cmd+I to send the contents in an e-mail message or press cmd+Shift+I to send a link in e-mail. If you’ve added the Mail button to your Safari toolbar, one click does the job.) Mail loads automatically, complete with a prepared e-mail message. Just address it to the recipients and then click Send!