How to Use the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine

Have you wondered what a website looked like in the past. Now you can look at the past. (What did we think of 9/11 when it first hit, and what about Hurricane Katrina?)

Steps

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    Visit the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine page at http://www.archive.org/.
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    Locate the box labelled "Web". You'll find another box to the right of the icon for the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
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    Click this box to the right of the insignia for the Wayback Machine. Type the website you want to find into this box.
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    Press the Enter key on your keyboard to submit the search, or click the "Take Me Back" button.
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    Wait a few moments. The machine has lots of items to search for, covering lots of dates over the last 10 to 15 years.
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    Click on one of the dates displayed. This date is the date the robot came along and cached a view of the exact page you enquired about.
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    Wait for the page to display. You'll be delighted to see the page as it appeared on the date selected.

Tips

  • Remember to input the full webpage for webpages with lots of files in pages several folders down. If the page is located at http://www.123.com/123/321.htm, be sure to input this full address(not just the www.123.com part(unless you want to see the homepage itself only.
  • If you'd like to go back farther than just the beginning of the same year, you can go back to years past from the toolbar of images processed to the bot at the top of the page.
  • Some of the older archives are missing pictures. In this case, keep clicking different dates until you find a working one.

Warnings

  • Links to pages further in on the web aren't always archived on the same day as the page you enquired about. You'll get an error message when you try to do something on the page. Just use the Wayback Machine to view the page only.

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