the "save link as" option

when you click on the right mouse button in communicator 4.05
there is an option of "save link as", what does this option do?
& when and where shold one use it?

why should i use the "save link as" option instead of clicking on the link and go to the linked file directly
negevlAsked:
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bjt3Commented:
It takes file that the link points to and allows you to save it on your local disk.  For example, say that you have a link that points to a Word file.  Save Link As would allow you to directly save that file to your local disk.  If the link points to another html page, it would save the html of the target page.

An example of use would be that you are looking at a page that contains a link to a ZIP file that you are interested in.  If you want to save a copy of the ZIP file to your local disk, you would use the Save Link As option.

Does that help ?
negevlAuthor Commented:
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cmarks55Commented:
why should i use the "save link as" option instead of clicking on the link and go to the linked file directly?

Sometimes your browser can show documents, like IE5 can view the document in IE (without downloading and saving it) as well as PDF files.  But what if you want the file for later viewing.  Then use the "save as" option and save the file instead of just viewing it.
zero4321Commented:
>>what does this option do?
& when and where should one use it?

The "save link" option saves the file that the link points to without opening that link. If you click on it a box will open asking where you want to save the file. This enables you to download a file to your harddrive, network drive or backup facility.

>>why should i use the "save link as" option instead of clicking on the link and go to the linked file directly

If the link is a web page then this isn't a good option because it will only save the .html file, not the graphics, etc.

If it is a file that is complete by itself, eg. a picture (eg.jpg), sound file (eg.wav), compressed file (eg.zip), etc. then it can save you a lot of time because you don't have to open each one first.

An example of where this would be helpful :
If you had a web page with thumbnails of pictures you wanted to use later for whatever reason. You have a good idea which links you want to save and you can save a few at a time instead of opening each one first.

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