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  ©2020 Donald R. Snow - Last updated 2020-12-08


Many times we want to save a webpage and for some reason, it can't be done the usual way by making a pdf or saving it with a scrolling screenshot. This Freeware Corner article shows a way that sometimes works, when other method fail, and it has other uses.


HTML (computer jargon) is short for hypertext markup language, but don't panic; you don't need to know much about that here. HTML is the language that is used to show information in browsers on your computer monitor. It is mostly real language (English, French, etc.), with some additional "tags" which tell the browser what to do with the text. Some tags just make the words show as paragraphs and others form lists or tables or tell the browser to show a particular picture in a certain location. These image tages tell the computer whee to find the picture, what size, and where to show it. Tags are usually shown in angle brackets, <...>. To see examples of html go to any webpage, right-click in a blank spot, and then left-click on Show Source. There are various programs that help write webpages and put in the tags where needed.  Some of these programs are free, but not needed here. Writing simple html webpages will be another Freeware Corner article. Here, we will show how to save a webpage from the internet in its html format. This makes it so that, when you click on the saved file, your default browser opens it and shows it just as though you were connected to the internet. By the way, I am purposely not including any pictures in this article for a reason you'll see below.


When you find a webpage you want to save, and the usual saving methods don't work, or you want to save the exact html, right click anywhere on the page that is not already a link. Remember that right clicking opens menus, whereas left clicking causes actions. The right-click menu is sometime called the Context Menu. On it you see things like Print, Copy Link, Delete, Open Source, and Save As. Clicking on Save As opens your file manager and lets you select where you want to save the file and what you want to name it. Tell it where to save the file and what you want to name it. Below the name you'll see a box with a drop-down menu (chevron poointing down at the right end) that includes Save as Webpage Complete, Webpage Single File, Save Html Only, etc. The difference here is whether you want to save everything in a single file or each of the text or image or table files in a folder. You may need to experiment to see what works best, but usually you can save text and images, etc., in a Webpage Single File. If you want to keep the images, etc., separate, you can save it as Webpage Complete and they will all be separate files in one folder. If you save the files separately in a folder, it will keep track of where to find them when you are ready to show them. Now, clicking on the file or folder will open your default browser and show the webpage just like it was on the internet. There are some webpages for which this method of saving doesn't work since they are set to not allow it, but it's worth a try.


Go to my webpage, e.g. my Freeware Corner webpage at and right click anywhere that is not a link already. Tell it where to save the file (the html only is sufficient here) and, after saving it, click on it. It will open in your default browser and look just like it did on the internet. The only way to tell whether it is on the internet or just on your computer is to look at the address in the browser. If it's on the internet, it will have the URL, e.g. UVTAGG... If it's just on your computer, the address will start with the letter of the hard drive you saved it on. If you click on a link in the saved file, it will take you to the internet file location since it has all that built-in to the saved file.


This is a free website that generates timelines of a person's life with colored bars to indicate the length of time events occurred. The URL is . Click on TIMELINE (top left) and enter your name and birth year and this year as the ending year. Then click Generate Timeline. You see a beautiful colored bar-chart with world evets that have happened during your lifetime. This can be printed or you can save it as an html file. To save it as an html click anywhere that isn't a link, tellit where to save it, and save it as Webpage, Single file. Then, clicking the resulting file will open your default browser and this file in it and you'll see the same colorful timeline on your own computer, as if you were on the internet. With the saved file, you may now be able to use other tools such as saving it to pdf as a scrolling window.


If you are reading this on my website, try saving this article this way as an example. It has no images and nothing but text, so it can be saved as a Webpage, Single file. If you are reading this in TAGGology, our UVTAGG monthly newsletter, you probably won't be able to do that, since TAGGology is usually in pdf format, not html. This method doesn't always work, since some websites don't allow it, but if other saving methods don't work, try this one. And once you have an exact html copy on your computer, other methods may be applicable on the saved file. For example, the scrolling window-to-pdf method might then work. Since this saves everything the way it looked on the internet, if you are doing a presentation and have no, or a slow, internet connection, you can use this to save your examples before the class and then show them, as if you were online.


This approach is worth keeping in mind, especially when other saving methods don't work. When it works, you get an exact copy that looks just like the internet version and can be very helpful. There are further explantions and information in other notes and articles on my website. Good luck.