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How to Use Online Tools: Saving Articles

How to Use Online Tools: Tips for Saving

Always check with your media specialist or teacher before saving what you're researching. Be sure when you save files that you are saving them to the place where your school stores your information.

Choices for saving include:

  • Save to student folders on networked computers (can be called server storage areas also)
  • Save to the computer's hard drive in the correct area
  • Save to a formatted floppy disk or CD

The most common way to save information is as a TEXT (*.txt) or RF (.rtf) file. Text and  RTF will work with most word-processing programs and can be opened on both Macs and PCs.

To SAVE Part of an article:

  1. Open a word-processing program, choose a new document.
  2. Open the article you want to save and highlight the part you need.
  3. In the Web-browser menu bar, go to Edit, then choose Copy.
  4. Return to your word-processing document.
  5. In the Web-browser menu bar, go to Edit, then choose Paste.

TIP: Be sure to copy the citation information you will need--the author, article title, magazine title, issue and dates, and pages.

To SAVE All of an article:

  1. Open the article.
  2. In the Web-browser menu bar, go to File, then choose Save As.
  3. Look at the name of the file and change it if you need to make it easier to remember. Call it something you will remember.
  4. Choose the format for saving: Plain Text (*.txt) for text format; HTML for Web-page format; RTF for rich text format, which can be used by either PC or Mac users
  5. Choose location of where to save your work: on a disk or CD; in a server storage area; your computer hard drive
  6. Choose Save.

The text of the file will be saved.

Pictures must be saved differently. To SAVE Pictures or Graphics:

  1. Put your mouse on the picture you want.
  2. On PC machines, click the right mouse button and choose Save Picture As.
  3. On Mac machines, hold down the mouse button and choose Save Image As.
  4. Look at the name of the file and change it if you need to make it easier to remember. Remember what you rename it.
  5. Choose location of where to save your picture: 1-on a disk; 2-in a draw document, then save it there; 3-in a server storage area; 4-your computer hard drive
  6. Choose Save.

TIP: To get the pictures to open in the HTML version of the article you saved, be sure they are in the same folder as the HTML file.