How To Save Web Sites

Dear Elizabeth,

I am trying to “clean up/get rid of all unwanted websites” and be able to find them quickly and now notice I have saved almost the very same sites to “FAVORITES” that I have saved in “MY DOCUMENTS.”

How does one decide where to keep important to me Web Sites that I want to save and stop these duplications?

Thank you and what a great service column, I always learn something.



Dear Star,

When you save a website in your “Documents” folder, you are probably saving them differently than when you save them in your “Favorites” folder.

Lets start by looking at the difference.

When you save a web site in your “Favorites” folder, you are not saving the actual site, you are really just saving a shortcut to that site. You do this by clicking the star icon in the upper-right corner of Internet Explorer, then click the “Add to favorites” button.

When you save a web site in your “Documents” folder, you are probably saving a copy of that particular web page in your documents folder. This is not a shortcut to the site on the web, but an actual copy of the page on your hard drive. This is done by clicking “File” (you might have to tap the Alt key on your keyboard to display the file menu) and then “Save As…” and then clicking the “Save” button.

What is the best way to save a web site?

Saving a shortcut to a web site works best when you want to go back to the actual site and check for new information. A good example would be a newspaper web site, or even my web site since I am always adding new questions and answers.

Saving the actual web page is best when you want to preserve information that might not be there later. Perhaps an online newspaper article, an obituary, or some other web page that might only be online for a limited period of time.

I prefer to save a link in my “Favorites” for most websites since it takes me back to the original site, and takes up far less room on my computer.

I hope this helps you make your decision.


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    • cindym
    • March 8, 2012

    I created a folder in My Documents (favorite links) with subfolders for household hints, recipes, gift ideas. I copy the link over to the folder I want and give a brief description of that particular link so I can remember exactly why I saved that link. I may have dozens of links on a single page for Christmas ideas or free “e-card” sites. My recipe folder has subfolders for meats, casseroles, desserts, etc. I can then print the links off if I’m going to another computer away from home. I can open the link from that document or several to compare. I can easily add and delete links in the future.

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