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a Free DiskBooks Publication with Windows
[A Mac download will be similar]
Press the Click for free desktop downloads Button
Select your desired publication
Click the desired format: Windows or Macintosh. [Most Windows downloads will include both RTF and LIT formats.
Click Save instead of Open
Make sure you watch where Windows is going to save your downloaded file. We recommend you alwayws save to the Desktop, where the download icon will be in plain sight.
Your new book will come down as a compressed WinZip EXE file.
Double-click this WinZip icon to open it.
It will open as a WinZip Extractor dialog box.
Click the Unzip button. You will be told that X number of files unzipped successfully
Click the Close button.
A folder with the name of your new book will have appeared on your desktop.
Save that WinZip icon with the name of your book on it. You can use it again and again to create new folders containing the chapters of your book.
You can also share your new book with others by dragging this icon onto a floppy disk, and/or attaching it to an e-mail message.
Permission is granted to freely copy DiskBooks in electronic form, or to reproduce multiple copies for personal or organizational use, subject to these provisions:
Any product in which DiskBooks material is used will be freely distributed without cost, either for the product or for attending the event where distributed.
In the event the text used exceeds fair use, such text of a document in which DiskBooks material is reproduced will carry a credit of the source, as follows:
Copyright (relevant date) by DiskBooks Electronic Publishing
PO Box 473 -- Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 USA
used with permission of the copyright owner.
can I save files and images onto my hard disk?
The following download information is provided. Other browsers may offer similar procedures. Check your documentation to be sure.
The File/Save As menu item produces a dialog box that permits you to save a page locally (onto your hard disk) in source format or text format. The source format produces a text file encoded with the HTML necessary to reproduce the formatted text or image faithfully; the text format saves text without HTML.
You can also save a page [file] to disk without bringing the page to screen.
Position the mouse over a link or image, then click the right-side mouse button to produce a pop-up menu with the items Save this Link as and Save this Image as. These menu items produce a dialog box for saving a file. Clicking on any link with the shift key held down also produces a save dialog.
Position the mouse over a link or image, then click and hold down the mouse button to produce a pop-up menu with the items Save this Link as and Save this Image as. These menu items produce a dialog box for saving a file. Clicking on any link with the option key held down also produces a save dialog.
[End of Netscape documentation.]
will not give you a chance to download your file as text instead of source. This
includes holding down the Option key on a Mac while clicking on a link. The most
fool-proof download procedure is to open a file and then use the File/Save As
Making your own DiskBooks floppy disk.
You can save files to a floppy disk as well as to your hard drive. Let's say you want to download First Steps for Baby Christians so you can share this valuable information with a friend, or duplicate a disk for distribution. Follow these steps:
Place a blank formatted disk in your floppy drive.
2. Bring a DiskBooks file to the screen.
3. Use the File/Save as ... menu command or click the One-Button Download command to start the download process.
4. Select the floppy disk as the destination for the download.
5. Select "text" and not "source".
6. Rename the new file if you wish.
Reformatting a DiskBooks file in your word processor.
If you have downloaded a site as a .rtf file(s), they will be very nearly ready to print and use with very little editing needed.
copyright policy [shown when you click] allows you to import your text files
into your word processor and reformat these files any way you choose. However,
if you have downloaded text files, before you can change such things as fonts,
font sizes, and margins, it will be necessary for you to remove the hard carriage
returns (CR) which these text files have at the end of each line. There are two
The best way is to use your word processor to import/save your text file With Layout/Formatting (or words to this effect) This method should give you a file without a hard carriage return at the end of every line. If you do not have Text with Layout/Formatting, you'll have to use one of the methods below.
The slow easy way is to: a) click to get an insertion point at the beginning of the second line of a paragraph; b) press delete to back over the CR at the end of the previous line; c) keep doing this until each offending CR is erased.
The fast easy way is to use your word processor's search and replace feature to find offending CRs and replace them with a spacebar. However, this must be done one paragraph at a time. If you select CHANGE ALL, the CRs which separate the paragraphs will be lost and you'll have a file comprised of one paragraph.
When you use search and replace, click and drag over a paragraph so the selection includes everything except the last CR. Then say you want to replace all in that selection. Keep repeating this process until each offending CR is replaced with a spacebar.
Centering and indenting in a text file will be done with multiple presses of the spacebar. If you want to use your word processor's alignment and centering commands, these offending spacebars will need to be deleted.
Reformatting a DiskBooks text file which you have downloaded will involve some busy work. However, it's easier than typing the file from scratch.
If you have questions or problems, send me an e-mail message by clicking the link at the bottom of this screen. GEL
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