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Office 2011 for Mac: Opening a Web Page in Word

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

Surfing the Web is great, but at times, you may want to edit those Web pages in Word 2011. Several approaches bring all or part of a Web page into Word in Office 2011 for Mac.

Word is all about words. Web browsers can have all sorts of content that Word can’t deal with, so don’t expect Word to faithfully reproduce a Web page. Be happy if you get the text you want.

Copying and pasting a Web page with Word 2011

Copying and pasting is a fast, easy way to get Web page content into Word. To do so, take these steps:

  1. Select what you want in your Web browser and then choose Edit→Copy from the menu bar, or press Command-C.

  2. Switch to Word and choose Edit→Paste from the menu bar, or press Command-P.

    If the result isn’t good enough, try the steps in the next section.

Saving and opening a Web page in Word 2011

Word can open Web pages that have been saved as .htm, .html, or .mht (Web archives). For example, say you’re using a Web browser and you find a Web page that you want to edit in Word. Use the Web browser to save the Web page as a file on your computer and then open the saved file in Word. Here’s how:

  1. In the Web browser, choose File→Save As.

  2. Choose a location.

    Remember the filename or give the file a name of your choosing.

  3. Click Save to save the file.

After you save the Web page, you need to know how to open it. To open the saved Web page in Word, follow these steps:

  1. In Word, choose File→Open from the menu bar.

  2. Choose All Files from the Enable pop-up menu.

  3. Navigate to and select the file you saved in the preceding steps.

  4. Click the Open button or double-click the filename.

    Word does its best to open the Web page you saved. Bear in mind, many Web page elements (such as Flash, Silverlight, style sheets, and various scripts) are ignored by Word. Just the same, you may be able to get the content you want into Word so that you can take it from there and do your own editing magic.

If your first attempt didn’t turn out well, you can try using a different Save As format in your Web browser. Web browsers and Web pages vary widely. In Word, a Web page saved by one browser, such as Safari, may look completely different from the same page saved by a different Web browser, such as Opera or Firefox.