How to Save Information and Files from the Internet in Windows 10 - dummies

How to Save Information and Files from the Internet in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Microsoft Edge, the Internet browser that comes with Windows 10, provides several ways for you to save interesting tidbits of information from the web for your personal use. Here, you find out how to copy something from the Internet onto your computer, whether it’s an entire web page, a single picture, a sound or movie, or a program.

Saving a web page

Hankering for a handy Fahrenheit/Centigrade conversion chart? Need that Sushi Identification Chart for dinner? Want to save the itinerary for next month’s trip to Norway? When you find a web page with indispensable information, sometimes you can’t resist saving a copy onto your computer for further viewing, perusal, or even printing at a later date.

Microsoft Edge lets you save web pages by adding them to your Reading List.

Saving text

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.

Saving a picture

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 shown here.

Right-click the coveted picture and choose Save Picture from the pop-up menu.
Right-click the coveted picture and choose Save Picture from the pop-up menu.

The Save As window appears, letting you enter a new filename for the picture, if desired. Click Save to place your pilfered picture in your Pictures folder.

The crowded pop-up menu shown in Figure 9-6 offers other handy options, letting you choose to share (e-mail) the picture or copy it to the Windows clipboard for pasting into another program.

Remember the little picture by your name on the Windows Start menu? Feel free to use any picture from the Internet. Right-click the new picture and save it to your Pictures folder. Then use the Settings app to transform that picture into your new user account picture.

Downloading a program, song, or other type of file

Microsoft Edge makes it a little easier to download files from the Internet. Best yet, it’s easier than ever to find the files after you download them.

To download something from a website, click the link to the item or click an adjacent Download button (if one is available). Microsoft Edge downloads the item and automatically places it into your Downloads folder for easy retrieval. The file usually arrives within a few seconds.

When choosing the Download button, take some extra time to make sure you’re clicking the right button. Many sites deliberately try to confuse you into downloading something else, either spyware, a virus, or something else that gives the website a payback.

You can find your downloaded item in either of two ways:

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  • Downloads folder: Downloaded items flow into your Downloads folder. To find them, open File Explorer from the taskbar. When File Explorer opens, you see the Downloads folder listed in the program’s left pane.

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  • Microsoft Edge’s download queue: Click the Hub icon (shown here) in Microsoft Edge. When the Hub menu appears, click the Downloads icon. (It’s the right-most icon atop the Hub menu.) Microsoft Edge lists all of your downloaded files for one-click access. You can also click the menu’s Open Folder link to head straight for the Downloads folder mentioned in the preceding bullet.

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Many downloaded files come packaged in a tidy folder with a zipper on it, known as a Zip file. Windows treats them like normal folders, so you can just double-click them to see inside them. (The files are actually compressed inside that folder to save download time, if you care about the engineering involved.) To extract copies of the zipped files, right-click the zipped file and choose Extract All.