Saving images and files from the internet


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Saving images and files from the internet

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Sometimes, you may want to save forms, documents or images from the Internet.

Saving something from the internet is often referred to as downloading.

In this activity, you'll found out how to download and save images and files from websites.

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At some point, you may like to use things that you see on the internet, such as photos or text.

But don't forget that websites and their content may be copyright protected - in the same way that books are.

You should not use images from a website or content from online documents without first getting the permission of the website owner.

Make sure you read the website's Terms & Conditions before you download anything.


Lots of websites have pictures and photos that you are free to use, although you should always check this beforehand.

Images on websites come in a variety of formats. These images usually have small file sizes and so are quick to save. Some higher-quality images have larger file sizes.

Most images you can download are in a format called JPG (pronounced "jay-peg").

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Downloading photos

If you have permission to download a photo from a website, here's what to do.

For this example we'll show you how to do it using a PC. The process is similar on whatever device you use.

Saving a picture

Which option from this list would you select to save a photo?

E-mail picture

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Print picture

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Save picture as

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Downloading documents

Many websites contain documents or forms that you can download. The most common format for downloadable documents is the Portable Document Format - otherwise know as PDF.

If you want to read a PDF document you'll need to have a PDF reader installed, such as Adobe Reader.

This is already installed on most computers but if you need to install it, you can download it free of charge from Adobe's website.

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a window that asks if you want to download a file, giving the options to open, save or cancel

Saving other documents

Sometimes a website might have other documents that you want to download, like PowerPoint, Word or Excel.

Clicking on these documents will often open a 'File download' window. This gives you the option to Save the document so that you can open it later.


eSafety Tip

Only download items from websites that are reputable or ones that you trust. If you accidentally download something from a website you don't trust, you can click 'cancel' to stop it. Ask someone to help you find where the 'Cancel' button is when you are downloading something.

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Well done, you've come to the end of the activity Saving images and files.

In this activity you've seen how to download images and documents from websites. You've also found out that you need to consider copyright before downloading content.

Up next, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.