How to Save Web Pages in Internet Explorer 11

Download a web page to view it offline or save the info for later

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There are several reasons to save a copy of a web page to your hard drive, ranging from offline reading to source code analysis. Internet Explorer 11 makes it easy to store pages locally. Depending on the page's structure, this may include all of its corresponding code as well as images and other multimedia files.

How to Download IE11 Web Pages

To download web pages in Internet Explorer 11, step through these instructions as is or quickly jump to Step 3 using the Ctrl+S Internet Explorer keyboard shortcut instead of using the menus explained here.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to the web page that you want to download.

  2. Select Tools (the Gear icon in the top right corner of the Internet Explorer window) or press Alt+X.

  3. Select File > Save as or press Ctrl+S.

    A screenshot of Internet Explorer 11 showing the Tools menu with the Save as command selected
  4. In the Save Webpage dialog box, navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

  5. Select the Save as type dropdown arrow and choose the format for the saved web page.

    A screenshot of Internet Explorer 11 showing the Save Webpage dialog box

    Choose from these options:

    • Web Archive, single file (*.mht): Packages the whole page, including images, animations, and media content like audio data, into an MHT file. This saves the full page so that if the images and other data are removed from the website, or the whole site is shut down, you have access what you saved.
    • Webpage, HTML only (*.htm;*html): Saves the text version of the page. Images, audio data, and other content on the web page do not save; these elements are replaced with a text reference to it online. As long as the referenced elements exist online, the HTML page shows these elements.
    • Webpage, complete (*.htm;*html): Saves the text, images, and other elements on the web page for offline use. This option is similar to the MHT option except that it creates folders that contain the images and other elements.
    • Text File (*.txt): Saves only the text data. Images and image placeholders are not saved.
  6. In the File name text box, type a name for the web page if you want to save the web page under a different name.

    A screenshot showing the Save Webpage dialog box in Internet Explorer 11
  7. Select Save.