Web Tip: Making Web Pages Available for Offline Viewing

When you make a Web page available offline, you can read its content when your computer is not connected to the Internet. For example, you can view Web pages on your laptop computer when you don't have a network or Internet connection. Or you can read Web pages at home without tying up a phone line.

You can specify how much content you want available, such as just a page, or a page and all its links, and choose how you want to update that content on your computer.

If you just want to view a Web page offline, and you don't need to update the content, you can save the page on your computer. There are several ways you can save the Web page, from just saving the text to saving all of the images and text needed to display that page as it appears on the Web.

To make the current Web page available offline:

  1. On the Favorites menu, click Add to Favorites.
  2. Select the Make available offline check box.
  3. To specify a schedule for updating that page, and how much content to download, click Customize.
  4. Follow the instructions on your screen.

NOTE: Before you go offline, make sure you have the latest version of your pages by clicking the Tools menu and then clicking Synchronize.

To make an existing favorite item available offline:

  1. On the Favorites menu, click Organize Favorites.
  2. Click the page you want to make available offline.
  3. Select the Make available offline check box.
  4. To specify a schedule for updating that page, and how much content to download, click Properties.

NOTE: Before you go offline, make sure you have the latest version of your pages by clicking the Tools menu and then clicking Synchronize.

  • You can also make Web pages available offline without adding them to your Favorites list, by saving the pages on your computer.

To save a Web page on your computer:

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. Double-click the folder you want to save the page in.
  3. In the File name box, type a name for the page.
  4. In the Save as type box, select a file type.
  5. Do one of the following:
  • To save all of the files needed to display this page, including graphics, frames, and style sheets, click Web Page, complete. This option saves each file in its original format.
  • To save all of the information needed to display this page in a single MIME-encoded file, click Web Archive. This option saves a snapshot of the current Web page. This option is available only if you have installed Outlook Express 5 or later.
  • To save just the current HTML page, click Web Page, HTML only. This option saves the information on the Web page, but it does not save the graphics, sounds, or other files.
  • To save just the text from the current Web page, click Text Only. This option saves the information on the Web page in straight text format.

NOTE: With Web Page, complete and Web Archive, you can view all of the Web page offline, without adding the page to your Favorites list and marking it for offline viewing.

When you choose Web Page, complete, only the current page is saved. If you want to view Web pages and the pages they link to while offline, click Related Topics below.


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