An html-file in fact is a simple text file, that you can read with Notepad. Just open it using File>Open, and you'll see the html-code.
If you open exactly the same file with a browser (also using File>Open) you see what you usually see, and that is what the browser makes of it to show it on the screen.
But most webpages nowadays heavily use on 'stylesheets' to format the contents of the page. And without those stylesheets Internet Explorer generally makes a mess of it.
So, for the future, the best ways to save a webpage are:
- In IE, File>Save as, and use mht-format (web-archive, one file)
- Try http://www.download.com/Free-HTML-to-PDF-Converter/3000-2070_4-10758906.html to convert it to pdf (never done so, but the description looks good, and it's free).
It's difficult to tell you what's best to do now, because you don't tell what exactly you did when you "changed them to notepad". And if I don't know what you did, it's impossible to say how best to undo it.
Hello, this is my first post. I really didn't know what I was doing when I copied some of my posts off another forum.
What I did is copied the entire post (about 30 of them) to "My Documents". Then, because "my documents" folder started coming alive and acting weird, I changed them all to notepad.
Well, that was about two years ago, and I know enough now to know I messed up. What I don't know is how bad.
Is there a way to get, in a letter format, just what I had posted? Without all the html....and whatever else kind of computer code is on each file, now? I wanted to copy them to a cd, mostly to not loose them, but I think I really need to get them off my hard drive....before my computer looses it's crazy mind.