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    Offline web pages

    There used to be a facility in Internet Explorer that let you download web pages for use off-line. Useful if you wanted to demonstrate a page or two without being connected. (Safer too for little ones.) I haven't had cause to need it for a long time - is it still there somewhere or has dynamic content killed it off?

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    Don't you go to the page, go to favourites and tick 'make available offline'?

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    As above, or file > Save As ?

    Drop the "Save As Type" box down to "Webpage, Complete" instead of the default "Webpage, single file", as the latter only saves a link and the former saves the page and its content and dumps it in a folder.

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    Not on my copy of Internet Explorer it doesn't This is version 8 if that makes a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Not on my copy of Internet Explorer it doesn't This is version 8 if that makes a difference
    IE8 here too. Are you running a GPO or something that would remove the "Save As" option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mako View Post
    IE8 here too. Are you running a GPO or something that would remove the "Save As" option?
    There shouldn't be on my own workstation, but thanks I'll have a look.

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    No GPO's applying here. I have found this in IE help file though:
    "Making webpages available for offline viewing
    The offline viewing feature has been removed from Internet Explorer. For information, see What happened to offline favorites?" The info suggests Saving As ...

    Might try that to see what happens. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    The info suggests Saving As
    That's what I originally suggested fella

    Quote Originally Posted by Mako View Post
    file > Save As ?

    Drop the "Save As Type" box down to "Webpage, Complete" instead of the default "Webpage, single file", as the latter only saves a link and the former saves the page and its content and dumps it in a folder.
    When you said your IE didn't have that feature, it did puzzle me. I thought it was "Save As" that you were referring to. Can you clarify if this is what you mean? I couldn't imagine that your IE has lost the File> Save As option.

    If it's there, be sure to select the "Webpage, Complete" option, as detailed above, as this truly makes it available offline although any dynamic content may not appear, and it may have some issues with Stylesheets, but the bulk of the content should be there.

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    Sorry I misunderstood what you meant. I have used the Save As.. option but it only works on some sites. In the original version it would work with all of the sites I went to. Huh that's progress for you.

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    I wanted to do the same thing the other week and couldn't find the offline bit.

    Anyway after a bit of searching on the internet found out Microsoft have taken this option out of IE8

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    That's taught me something - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Sorry I misunderstood what you meant. I have used the Save As.. option but it only works on some sites. In the original version it would work with all of the sites I went to. Huh that's progress for you.
    Ah I see what you mean now. It may be something to do with the way in which the page you're trying to save pulls its content across. It does tend to struggle with stylesheets and certain content when downloading it. I did a test on EduGeek and it saved most of the forum but random images were missing, as well as the formatting and background.

    If Save As is not working, then I'm going to have to draw a blank.

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    If Save As is not working, then I'm going to have to draw a blank.
    Yeah me too, not going to be able to do it. Thought I might just save some bandwidth. Move on to next issue. Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Yeah me too, not going to be able to do it. Thought I might just save some bandwidth. Move on to next issue. Thanks for the help.
    I thought google cache did something like that so you could preview previously visited sites

    Google Cached Pages: What Are Cached Pages? - Google Guide

    That or the below opensource util

    HTTrack Website Copier - Offline Browser

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    Downloading HTTrack now - sounds just what I want. Thanks

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