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Mac OS X Hacks by Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway

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Saving Web Pages for Offline Reading

Save a single web page or even clusters of web pages in their entirety for reading on public transportation, at 35,000 feet, or anywhere else you happen to be.

There comes a time when we happen across a web page that is so uproariously funny, we simply must archive it forever. On the other hand, sometimes we want to save a few online transactions for proof of purchase. Even more commonly, we may run across a large site that we want to read in its entirety, but we don’t want to tie up our phone line or incur bandwidth charges. Thankfully, OS X satisfies our offline-reading desires in a number of ways.

When we need to archive a web page or site quickly, a few options present themselves, depending on our goal. The quickest and closest opportunity is to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, bundled with Mac OS X. Within this popular browser lies a Scrapbook, as well as the ability to create Web Archives.

The concept of a Scrapbook harkens back to the pre-OS X days with a built-in system accessory called, conveniently enough, Scrapbook. With it, you could drop in files, text, sounds, movies, and pictures and then flip through the pages, viewing each item as part of a grander book.

A similar concept is built into Internet Explorer. At any time, you can take the web page you’re currently looking at and save it into your the IE Scrapbook for later viewing. To do so, make sure the Explorer Bar is enabled (View Explorer Bar) and click the Scrapbook tab ...

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