Save a Web Page with Internet Explorer and Windows 8 - dummies

Save a Web Page with Internet Explorer and Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

While browsing the Internet with Windows 8 desktop’s Internet Explorer browser, you might want to save 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.

When you save a web page, you’re saving the page as it currently exists on your screen. To see any subsequent changes, you must revisit the actual site.

Saving your currently viewed web page is easy:

  1. Click Internet Explorer’s Tools button, choose File, and choose Save As from the overly packed menu.

    When the Save Webpage box appears, Internet Explorer enters the web page’s name in the File Name text box.


    To save the entire page as a single file in your Documents folder, click Save. But if you want to save the file in a different place or in a different format, move to Step 2.

  2. Select a location in the Navigation Pane to save the file.

    Internet Explorer normally saves the web page in your Documents folder, which is accessible from the Navigation Pane that hitches itself to every folder’s left edge. To save the web page in a different place, perhaps Downloads, click the Downloads item in the Navigation Pane’s Favorites section.

  3. Choose how you want to save the page in the Save As Type drop-down list.

    Internet Explorer offers four different ways to save the web page:

    • Web Archive, Single File (*.mht): This default choice saves an exact copy of the web page packed neatly into a single file named after the web page’s title. Unfortunately, only Internet Explorer can open this type of file, ruling out its use by people who use other web browsing programs.

    • Webpage, Complete (*.htm;*.html): More awkward but more compatible, this option saves the web page in two separate pieces: a folder containing the page’s images and a link that tells the computer to display that folder’s contents. It’s unwieldy, but any web browser can open it.

    • Webpage, HTML Only (*.htm;*.html): This option saves the page’s text and layout but strips away the images. It’s handy for stripping pictures and advertisements from tables, charts, and other formatted chunks of text.

    • Text File (*.txt): This option scrapes all the text off the page and dumps it into a Notepad file without taking many pains to preserve the formatting. It’s handy for saving very simple lists, but not much else.

  4. Click the Save button when you’re done.

To revisit your saved web page, open the folder where you saved it and choose the saved file. Internet Explorer leaps back to life and displays the page.

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