MacMost Now 306: Saving Web Pages From Safari

Gary Rosenzweig looks at three ways to save and view Web pages outside of Safari, from his new book the Guide to Switching to the Mac.

Video Transcript
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. In today's episode, let's look at saving web pages from Safari. So in Chapter 10 of my book, The Guide to Switching to the Mac, I talk about saving web pages out of Safari. There's several different ways to do this. If you find a webpage that you really like, you can save the page using the File- Save As menu command. You get two choice from there- Page Source or Web Archive. The first saves text and basic layout of the page, but not the graphics. The second attempts to save every graphic element on the page. With some more advanced webpages, even the web archive can miss a few things, and your saved page may not look exactly the same as the original. The total contents of the webpage are saved to a single file which can be opened in Safari. So Web Archive is probably the best way to go, in most cases. You can also choose File-Mail The Contents of This Page to send a Web Archive to someone else. Now how the final page is going to look really depends on what mail program they use. Now another option is to save the page, or at least part of it, as a web clipping. You can do this with File- Open In Dashboard. And then you select part of the page, like this video here, and add it to the dashboard. So that's called a web clipping, and I take a closer look at web clippings in Chapter 6 of the book. So there are three different ways to export pages from Safari. The first two of course are exporting static pages, although if there are dynamic elements on the page, like, say that YouTube video always updates, it will actually be updated in the saved document. And of course the third way, web clippings, will always update and show you the latest version of that segment from the page. So that's a quick look at a small section from my book. Till next time, this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.

Comments: 5 Responses to “MacMost Now 306: Saving Web Pages From Safari”

    7/9/12 @ 1:19 am

    Im very frustrated. What about pages I have saved that insist on updating themselves, that I want to read when I am offline? Instead of opening the file, Safari tells me I’m offline and the page is not available!

    And, what about needing to save a page in a way that it will NOT update itself when I open it, because I needed to save information on the version of that page as it was when I saved it?

    If you could help me, I’d greatly appreciate it!

      7/9/12 @ 1:22 am

      Sounds like you are not saving the page, just a link to it. Watch the video. You can use this method, or print the page and save it as a PDF in the print dialog.

        7/9/12 @ 2:14 am

        Thanks for your response! But…..No, I do save them as a “webarchive” – which works for some pages, but not for others. Saving as PDF, ok, there’s an idea. I’d rather not do it that way though, if you have any suggestions. When I used Windows and ME, or Firefox, I never had this problem. You save a file, it opens. End of story. If you wanted to update it, you did so manually. Advise?

          7/9/12 @ 9:14 am

          So it does work for some pages, but not others? Perhaps those pages have rich content (Flash, for instance). Then it wouldn’t work — not for Windows either.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    7/18/12 @ 10:02 am

    Yes thats what i get has Jack says. The other one i am stuck with when you save all of your book marks,and it says open them with Safari.
    Safari says it does not recognise them,or it can`t open them.

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