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Tech Tip:   Downloading from the Internet

Ever go to a webpage and think…I want to capture that picture or text to my hard drive.  Well, here are some tips on how to download various elements from a web page.

Downloading a picture

There are 2 ways to save a picture on a web page to your hard drive.

  • Right-click on the picture and click on Save Picture As.  You will be given the opportunity to select the location where you want to save the picture.
  • Click on the picture and drag it to your desktop.

Copy text from a website

There are 2 ways to transfer text on a web page to a Word document (or some other word processor).

  • Highlight (drag over) the text and then right-click and select CopyOpen up Word (or some other word processor) and paste the text into the page.
  • Highlight (drag over) the text.  Place the cursor anywhere on the highlighted text and drag the cursor to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen over the Word icon and immediately drag upward into the body of the Word page.  Release the mouse button and the text is placed in the page.

 

Create a shortcut to a webpage on your Desktop (Copy a link). 

There a 2 ways to get a link on your Desktop as a shortcut.

  • Right-Click on a link and select Save Target As.  Select your Desktop as the location to save the link.
  • Click on a link and drag it to your desktop. 

If you use the first method, you won’t include pictures that are on the website when you open the link.  If you use the second method, you will include pictures (and all other material) that is on the web page when you open it.

 

If there is a picture on a webpage that you want to download but the picture is also a link, how do you get that picture?  The right-click or the drag and drop methods do not work.  Well, this is a little more specialized.  You actually have to do some kind of screen capture program to “capture” the picture.  You will need a special piece of software used for doing screen captures.  The screen capture program I use is called Grabber2K.  It can capture part of a screen or it can capture the full screen.  Grabber2K is a Freeware program and you can download it here.

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Authors/Rad2k_Systems.html

 

Other types of downloads

If there are Word files or Acrobat Reader files (PDF files) that you want to download and save on your hard drive, the key is to right-click on the link and select Save Target.  If you left-click on the link, you will open the file right in your Internet Explorer browser window.  If you right-click, you can elect to save the file.  After you save a file to your Desktop, you are always given the opportunity of opening the file immediately.

 

Try some of these tips to capture things off a web page

 

 

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