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Weekly Computer Tip # 129
8 October 2005

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Make Web pages available offline (Microsoft Internet Explorer)

Have you ever wanted to check some important information on the web, only to find that the office or hotel room you're in doesn't have an Internet connection? Or perhaps you simply don't want to spend money dialling in with your modem just to compare these insurance quotes you found the other day? Well, if you are using Internet Explorer (version 5 onwards) you can make Web pages available offline.

Here's how:

  1. Open the page you want to be able to view offline.
  2. Select the Favorites, Add to Favorites command.
  3. Tick the Make available offline check box.
  4. Click OK. (If the page already exists on your Favorites menu, you will be prompted to overwrite it.)

Next time you want to view the page without being connected to the Internet, all you have to do is choose the File, Work Offline command and you can compare these quotes offline.

If, at some point, you want to make sure you are working with the latest version of the page, select the Synchronize option from the Tools menu before going offline.

By the way, Steve Harman wrote to me the other day about tip # 116 (http://www.roem.co.uk/tip_116.html). He made a very good point to emphasize that you'll need to leave your PC turned on with Outlook running in order to take advantage of the 'Delayed Delivery' option. "Imagine arriving at that Thai beach only to remember you'd left the PC switched off!" he wrote. Thanks, Steve.

Finally, there are still 2.5 working days left to take advantage of the special discounted price of GBP187, as outlined in my recent email campaign. (See http://www.roem.co.uk/campaign.html if you missed it or if your Spam Filter tagged it as spam and automatically delete it.)

Until next week.

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