How to save a website as MHTML in Chrome [Tip]

By default, you can use Chrome’s “Save page as” option to save a web page in HTML format. This option is good especially if you want to download and edit a page but for archiving pages, you might want to consider the option of saving a page as MHTML.

The advantage of saving a page as MHTML is that it keeps all of the elements intact in a single page file. However, with HTML, only the HTML part of the page is being saved into the file while the other elements (ex. photos, scripts, style sheets, etc.) will be saved into a separate folder. Therefore, if you opt to save a page as MHTML, you get to view it offline on your browser without worrying that some elements would fail to load properly.

It’s just that, by default, this option is missing in Chrome’s “Save page as” option. If you want to save a web page as MHTML (a.k.a. MIME HTML), you’ll have to follow the steps below.

Step One

On your Chrome web browser, type “chrome://flags/” on the address bar (URL bar) then press “Enter”.

Step Two

Enable Save page as MHTML option

On your browser’s “chrome://flags/” page, find the section for “Save Page as MHTML” then click the “Enable” link right below it. Once done, click the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom of the page to save the changes that you’ve made.

Step Three

After re-launching your browser, click its menu button right below the exit button and then select the option for “Save page as”. For a quicker option, just click “Ctrl + S”.

Save page as MHTML a

A dialog window will appear and it will ask you to save the page as “All Files” instead of “Webpage, HTML only” or “Webpage, Complete”.

Save page as MHTML b

After which, the file will be saved as .mhtml. You can also opt to edit and save it as .mht. If you want to bring back the default “Save page as” options, you’ll need to disable the “Save Page as MHTML” option in the “chrome://flags/” section.

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  1. RobCr

    I agree .MHT is the only way we should be saving web pages.
    However I think Chrome is a nasty habit we should all get out of (especially with older weaker PCs)
    Firefox with Noscript is the only safe way to browse.
    However it can get sluggish, so I also have Opera when browsing safe sites.
    One disadvantage was – it did not save as .MHT
    There is a setting hidden away that will make .MHT the default.
    Yell out if anyone wishes info on how to enable that setting.

    Rob