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Save As works differently in different browsers. Printing to pdf might be a better solution.

I'm in the habit of saving useful computer tips and advisories in my Documents folder for future reference. However, I've not been able to save the web page that carries your comment/answer and response to subscribers' individual question. A message under the title error saving web page that says, "This web page could not be saved" pops up when I click on the "Save As" in the file menu.

In this excerpt from Answercast #52, I look at a computer that is having problems saving some web pages to disk.

Save-as error

Unfortunately, I don't really know what to tell you. I'm not sure what browser you're using. It absolutely should work.

What I actually recommend that people do instead is that they print to PDF. PDFs are much more easily and portably viewed than whatever format you might be saving in.

Problems with Save As

Unfortunately, Save As works differently on different browsers. You're not guaranteed being able to read what it is you've saved at some point in the future.

Printing is more reliable

If you actually have something like a CutePDF printer driver installed, you can:

  • Print to PDF;

  • And then save that PDF;

  • And be able to read that PDF on just about any device (computer or otherwise) at any point in the future.

Error on page

So I don't have an answer to your specific problem. It should just work.

My assistant actually tested it out and it certainly worked for her, but instead what I'm going to recommend you do is kinda change how you go about this. Rather than using Save As, use print and print to PDF.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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September 13, 2012 10:06 PM

File/Save As gives you a few choises with different formats (mht, html,text). Just switch to a different format and try again.

September 14, 2012 11:07 AM

I agree with Leo, printing to PDF is a much better option. Some browsers store a single file along with a folder of supporting files for each web page. A housekeeping mess. And, yes, at times, I too have be unable to save some web pages using the standard formats. Never did figure out why.

The Chrome browser, has a "save as PDF" option built-in, no extra software is needed.

September 14, 2012 1:16 PM

Dear Leo,
A Big thank you for your articles in the past have had problems saving from web pages to document .Reading this post will try out saving to PDF know no more lost web sites and important documents yahee.Heres hoping old saved document in document folder works. How do I convert saved websites in dropbox as have the same problem when opening document up I find just cascade jpeg extra but no saved viewed item.

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