Saving Internet Files for easy access

Sometimes it’s nice to save an article from the web to read later. There are free apps /
paid apps like InstaPaper and Pocket, but you can print to a file that allows you to
read latter on your local machine.

This is how you do it:

Windows XP and Windows 7:

While reading an article you would like to read later, Click on File>>Print . Select ”
Microsoft XPS Document Writer”. It will bring up a box that allow you to save the file
to a location on your local computer. Give it a name and location, a file will be created
with the name you gave it with an file extension of .xps.

Now if you double click on the file that you just created, It will bring up the file to
read in the XPS viewer.
Macintosh OS X:

Again while in a browser select file>> Print. A box will come up with the current
printer. On the bottom right you will have a drop down list box with the word
“pdf”. Click on PDf, then select “save as PDF…” A box will come up to confirm the name
of the file and the location of the file. Make your choice then select save. It will
create a Pdf file of the screen that you were on.

Now if you double click on the file that you just created, It will bring up the file to
read in the the PDF application on your computer.

 

Brian Wight
Technology Support Specialist/Desktop Services

Screenshots: Capturing what you see!

The proverb “A picture is worth a thousand words” is as relevant in today’s virtual world as it was 100 years ago when it first became popular in the US. Trying to articulate what you are seeing on your computer screen via email or phone can be a daunting task. However capturing the image of what’s on the screen (for example an error message or diagram) and sharing by email or within a document can save time and frustration. Below are tips on how to take a “Screenshot”:

Windows 7: Has a built-in a snipping tool to capture only the portion of the screen which you wish to save. Open the Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
Click the arrow next to the “New” button and choose from; Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list. Select the area of your screen that you want to capture and save to a handy location on your computer.

Older Windows Versions: Using the PrintScreen key will copy the whole screen image, as a graphic, onto your invisible Clipboard, so you can paste into an e-mail message or any other program. If you add the Alt key, you copy only the front window.

Macs: Press Command-Shift-3. (Command is the key with the propeller on it, next to the Space bar.) You hear a snapshot sound, and you get a graphics file on your desktop—a picture of the entire screen image. If you press Command-Shift-4 instead, you get a cross-hair cursor; you can draw across just one portion of the screen. Or, if you now tap the Space bar, you turn the cursor into a little camera icon. You can now click on just one window or toolbar that you want to copy. In both cases, you can hold down the Control key to copy the image to the Clipboard instead of leaving a file on the hard drive.