OT: Saving Google threads as TXT?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Terry Pinnell, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. I had a long thread up on my PC screen as a result of a Google Groups
    search. Decided I'd copy it to my Pocket PC and read it elsewhere. I
    was surprised to find after using the familiar File>Save As (with TXT
    chosen as the file type), that I had a blank file. Just in case this
    was down to Firefox (to which I changed 6 days ago), I fired up MSIE6
    and tried the same page there. Almost the same result, except that I
    had a single line referring to the google thread.

    What's the reason for this please? Are some 'types' of page immune to
    a File Save?

    (I then used clipboard to achieve desired effect.)
    Terry Pinnell, Jan 27, 2005
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  2. Terry Pinnell

    Simon Guest

    I think this is because google groups uses frames. When you tried to save
    the page it tried to save the parent frame which just has a reference to
    pages that make up sub-frames.
    In Firefox if you right click in white space near the text of the thread
    and choose "This Frame -> Show only this frame" then try saving it should
    work (you can also open the frame in a new tab which should work as well).

    Simon, Jan 27, 2005
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  3. Thanks, Simon, that makes sense. And your method works fine!

    It seems that only whole *threads* use frames then, as the first
    individual post I tried saved OK with no special measures. Only after
    selecting 'View Complete Thread' did I have to use your neat Frame
    Terry Pinnell, Jan 27, 2005
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