Internet – Web Page Saving

The current BPCA meeting place does not have broadband access and only very slow dial-up access to the internet. At a recent meeting it was suggested that the various sites available through the BPCA Links page be shown at a future meeting.

This brought up a discussion of how long it would take, with the available technology, to bring up each page. I suggested that the sites be downloaded and placed on a CD or thumb drive.

It seems that no one in attendance knew how to do such a save. As a result, I have decided to give some basic instructions through this blog.

These instructions will involve using either the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser; there are other ways of saving a web page locally, such as the Web Capture capabilities in the full Adobe Acrobat software and others, but most of us do not have access to such expensive software.

The following table shows the options available for each of the browsers being used:


Browser Save As Type Save As Result
Internet Explorer
Web Page, complete (*.htm, *.html) A file named with the page title and an htm extension,
containing the HTML and a folder with the same name containing
all other information needed to display the page. (Includes
images, CSS, etc.)
Internet Explorer Only Web Archive, single file (*.mht) A file named with the page title and an an mht extension, that
contains all the information needed to display the page.
NOTE: Firefox, to my knowledge and experience can neither
read nor open a file that has an mht extension.
Internet Explorer
Web Page, HTML only (*,htm, *.html) A file named with the page title and an htm extension,
containing the HTML only.
Internet Explorer
Text File (*.txt) A file named with the page title and an txt extension,
containing the text only.

Once the page has been saved to your local hard drive, you can copy it to a CD, thumb drive, or other device not connected to the internet and open them with your browser of choice, except that you can not open the mht Web Archive in any other browser than IE. Of course, the links within the pages will not be operational, as they are pointing to another web page that would need to be accessed online.

Try the different options for yourself to find out what works best for your purposes. As always, let me know by commenting of this posting if this works for you, or if you have any questions.

President/Editor/SIG Leader, Boca Raton Computer Society, Inc.. Retired, grandfather, blogger, participating in creative writing prompt blogs, and love to read.

7 thoughts on “Internet – Web Page Saving

  1. Hi Steve, I like what you’re doing with the blog. I can’t believe it’s been 2 and 1/2 years since you posted this and I still can’t find a way to change IE7’s default from mht to htm.I’m also wondering why the Save option is grayed out so that Ctrl+S doesn’t work.

  2. Hello, 3rd July, 20071) How can you change the default-save to “Webpage Complete ie *.htm/*.html” in IE7 ?2) The saved htm / html file in the hard disk oprns very slowly in IE7. Pl suggest a solution.Thanks in advance.Sundar Krishnan…

  3. Anonymous,I received your comment and reviewed my response to freakkler. It seems I misunderstood what was asked.I have gone and done some research in various sources and, to the best of my knowledge and understanding, the answer seems to be not at this time.If anyone has a way to change the default “save as” extension in IE, please let us know, by leaving a comment.Sorry for the misunderstanding freakkler and anonymous.

  4. Common sense… but you IGNORED his question.He wanted to know ‘how to change the DEFAULT SAVE setting to .htm(l) INSTEAD of the .mht

  5. freakklerWhen you get the dialog box and it says “Web Archive, single file (*.mht)”, left click on the downward facing chevron to the right of that box and select Webpage, complete (*.htm, *.html). There should also be “Webpage, HTML only (*.htm, *.html)”, which will save it as HTML only, that is with no graphics or anything; and “Text File (*txt), a text only file readable in Notepad or something similar.I hope this helps and I am sorry I did not get back to you sooner.

  6. Hi Steve, I have a query here regarding webpage saving. Here goes:How do/can I change the’save as’ setting in IE7 default to ‘web page complete (htm) instead of the new ‘Web archive, single file’ (mht)??? Thanks!

  7. You forget opera which can do booth – save as archive or save complete site. And there is an MHT extension for FireFox:1.5 Win Win!

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