August 10, 2022
How to see lost webpages


If the webpage you want to open is inaccessible – which can range from a temporary network issue to the page being removed from the website altogether – you don’t have to lose hope. It is actually possible to recover backed-up versions of most pages from the Internet with just a little bit of information. The whole process is incredibly simple, and you’ll find it very useful if you’re researching a topic, and you find that the links you’ve been saving for weeks or months no longer work.

If you want to read a webpage that has been deleted or otherwise can’t be accessed anymore, this is what you can do.

wayback machine

Archive.org’s Wayback is probably the best tool for recovering any deleted webpage. It is part of the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization that attempts to duplicate all content on the Internet. It has saved over 435 billion web pages, which may not be all the content on the Internet, but impressive nonetheless. The pages are captured many times, for example we used the Wayback Machine to view the homepage of NDTV Gadgets over several different years and watched our design evolve over time.

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Here’s how to use it.

  1. open Wayback website,

  2. Enter the URL of the missing website or webpage you want to open in the box at the top.

  3. Click browse history,

  4. You will see a calendar view. Select the year at the top and then the date from the list of months at the bottom.

  5. this much only! You will be shown a saved version of the page from that date.

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    search engine cache

    If you’re looking for a recently deleted page, it may be easier to find it through a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. As long as you are able to find the webpage in a search engine, you should be able to load a backed up copy of the page as well. It works like this:

    1. Open the search engine of your choice. Google’s caching is great, so we suggest you use it.

    2. Paste the link to the missing webpage into the search bar if you know it, or search the page to find the link you need.

    3. Below the blue text of the link, you’ll see a line of green text, which is the URL of the webpage. press down arrow next to the green URL text.

    4. Click cached, This will show you the saved version of the page you wanted, along with a description of when the backup was created.

    5. If this page doesn’t load properly, you can try clicking text-only version top right. This will lose all the images in the page, but if it’s not loading correctly, it will still let you access the important data you need.

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      Save the webpages you need

      If you want to keep webpages for research purposes, it is a better idea to save them beforehand. It’s simple to do this from the browser:

      1. Go to the website you want to save.

      2. press Ctrl+S,

      3. Give it any file name and click save,

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        This will store the page on your computer and you can access it anytime. If you are not using your computer, you can always use third-party services such as pocket Save Webpages for Offline Reading – Once you’ve installed the extension, saving pages is as easy as clicking pocket button in your browser when you are reading a page you want to save, or by right-clicking on a link and clicking save in pocket,

        For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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