Saving a Web picture, copying, and printing from the Web

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When you visit a web page, you a might like an image (graphic) or picture on it so much that you want to save a copy of it for yourself for whatever reason. It is easy to capture an image from the web. But before I tell you how, let me warn you that most items (that includes text and graphics) on a web page are generally copyrighted and it is illegal to grab somebody else's copyrighted products without the owner's previous written permission. Please read the little note about copyright right now but please be informed that the note below is by no means complete legal information about copyright. This is very basic information I am providing (and I am not a legal person) to give you a sense of what it is so that you are not sued for copyright infringement by anybody. In case of doubt, please consult your lawyer.

Copyright: The creator of anything, whether it is a drawing, photo, painting, text, poetry, music, movie, video or anything, as soon as he/she has recorded it or saved it (called fixation) on paper, film, or electronic media becomes the legal owner of it, irrespective of the fact whether he/she attaches a copyright notice on it. Nobody can copy and use somebody else's creation without the lawful owner's prior written consent. However, it is usually okay to copy something from the Internet for one's own personal use (such as copying a photo from the Internet to make wallpaper on your computer's desktop). But please remember it is not okay to copy a picture from one site and put it up on your own web site without the permission of the rightful owner of the picture. Always e-mail the person first to seek permission before you use somebody else's creations. And never download music or video from commercial sites even for your own use. These are almost invariably copyrighted products, and if caught you may be sued for damages.

That said, let me tell you that not everything is always copyrighted. Some of the things are in public domain, meaning nobody has copyright to them. These are usually old things - nobody knows who created them - and going on for ever. Copyright owners may intentionally release some of the things to public domain. And 75 years after the copyright owner's death, things go in the public domain.

Now that I have cautioned you about copyrighted products, let me go back to the topic we were discussing.

Capturing an image from a web page:

Right-click on the image you want to capture. A small menu will open up. On that menu, find and click on "Save Picture As ...". A "Save Picture" dialog box will open up (See Saving a File). In this dialog box, (1) you need to specify the location where you want to save the file (i.e., name of the folder in the Save in box), then (2) give a short but descriptive File name (a name of the file will already be there, but you may want to change it to something of your own choosing), and (3) select Save as type, that is .jpg or .gif or .bmp, .png etc. For this last option, keep the one that is already chosen by the computer (don't change it). Now click on "Save". The image will be saved in your computer in the folder you have specified under the file name you have given or accepted.

Right-clicking on the image will bring out this menu.

This menu will appear when you
right-click on the image.

As you can see from the above screen shot, the menu also gives you the options to set the image as wallpaper, or to copy it so that you can paste it to any application such as your wordprocessor. Just click on the option you want.

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Copying text from the web:

I have already shown above how to copy an image from a web page. To copy text, just highlight the part you want to copy and then press Ctrl+C (together). If you are copying a large amount of text, the easiest way to highlight the text is to click where you want the highlighting to begin and then press the Shift key and while pressing down the Shift key, click where you want the highlighting to end. The entire chunk of the text will then become highlighted which you can now copy by pressing the Ctrl and C keys simultaneously.

Printing from the web:

Printing a page or part of a page from the web can sometimes be a little tricky. Many web pages have special formatting, and they contain a lot of undesirable graphics, advertisements etc. which you may not want to print. Luckily, many such pages also give an option (often in the form of a button) for a "Printer friendly version" or something similar. Just click on that option. You will see the page changes to a simple looking page with most of the unwanted things gone, just the main substance remaining. If you want to print the whole document, you can just click on your browser's printer icon. Or go to File and then click on Print. If you want, you can highlight the portion you want to print, and then click on File, click on Print, choose Selection and then hit OK. See screen shot below. If you want to print certain pages of the document and know the page numbers, instead of choosing Print Selection, you can choose Print Pages from x to y in this dialog box and then hit OK. The desired pages will be printed out.

If you want to print the page in black and white, most printers will give you an option of printing in grayscale, meaning the colored parts of the page will be printed in various shades of gray. This is a useful option as it lets you save the colored ink in your printer which is more expensive than black ink. On Print dialog box, click on Properties. Another dialog box will open up. In that dialog box select Print in Grayscale by putting a check mark in the box next to it, and then click on OK. (Of course, if you don't have a color printer, everything will only be printed in various shades of gray anyway!) Needless to say, if you want to be thrifty and want to economize on the printing ink, you can always choose "EconoFast" or "Draft" or something similar in this dialog box for print quality. I always choose this mode whenever I am printing something for my own use, and not for presenting it to others. See the second screen shot below.

Print selection dialog box.

Use this dialog box to print the entire document or to print certain
specific page(s) or selected text. You can specify here the number
of copies desired. You can also tell the printer in this dialog box
how to print frames or which frame to print.

If you click on the Properties button of the above dialog box, another dialog box will open up as shown below.

Printer properties dialog box.

Printer Properties dialog box.

In this box you can choose whether you want color print or print in grayscale. Unless you choose print in grayscale, color will be chosen automatically. You can also choose the print quality in this dialog box. Always leave the printing to automatic setting. After making your selections, don't forget to hit the OK button.

When printing something colored from the Internet (Web), I have seen selecting "Print in Grayscale" in the above dialog box does not always work. The page may still print out in color. And if you are concerned about wastage of the expensive colored ink, this can be annoying. Here is a solution to the problem. First, select and copy the the document or part of the document you want to print from the Web. Then open a blank page in your wordprocessor, and paste the document on it. Now go to the wordprocessor's File, then Print. Then open the Printer Properties dialog box as described above (see the last screenshot on this page) and choose "Print in Grayscale", and hit the OK button. You will come back to the Print dialog box. Hit OK again after specifying "All" (you have already selected and copied the portion you want to print from the original Web page), and the number of copies you want. You will see, an Internet document printed this way (using a wordprocessor) can always be printed in black and white, thus saving the colored ink.

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