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Create your Own Computer Cookbook
By Monica Resinger

I’ve always loved saving and trying new recipes from magazines and books.  When 
we got Internet services, a whole new recipe world opened up!  I found e-mail 
lists where people share recipes, ezines that have recipes published and I do 
searches on the Internet for specific recipes when I need them.  Obviously, I 
needed a way to save these recipes.  

I found a quick, organized and easy solution, and you don’t need a recipe 
program to do it.  I have found it time consuming to save recipes from the 
Internet into recipe programs because they require you to type in each separate 
ingredient into the program’s recipe format.  This is too time-consuming 
especially when you’re scanning lots of recipes.  

What you need to save recipes my way is a word processing program such as 
‘Wordpad’, ‘Notepad’ or ‘Microsoft Works’.  Most new computers come with a word 
processing program already installed on it, so if you have a fairly new 
computer, you probably have a word pro
cessing program too.  I’m using Windows operating system.  Here’s a 
step-by-step process of making your own computer cookbook.

1.  The first thing you will want to do is make a new folder somewhere in your 
computer such as in ‘My Documents’ called ‘Recipes’, or whatever you want to 
name your cookbook.  You can create a new folder by selecting ‘New’ under 
‘File’, then select ‘Folder‘.  A new folder will show up and the computer will 
prompt you to name it.  

2.   Open a new document in the word processing program.  

3.   Highlight the recipe you want to save by left clicking your mouse, holding 
it down and dragging the cursor over the entire recipe you want to save.  This 
should show black highlight over white text when you’re finished.  

4.  Right click any part of the text you highlighted.  An options box should 
pop up and you need to select ‘copy‘ from it.  Now you have copied the text 
onto the clipboard of your computer.

5.  Go back to the blank word processing document and right click your mouse in 
it.  From the options box, select ‘paste’.  This will paste your recipe into 
the document.  

5.  Save your recipe by clicking ‘save’ in the word processing document.  
Double click the ‘Recipe’ folder you created in step 1 to go into this folder.  
Now you will want to=2
0make a new folder for this type of recipe.  Click the ‘New Folder’ icon at the 
top of the ‘save‘ box. The new folder will pop up in the save box where you can 
give it a name.  If your recipe is a spaghetti recipe for example, you can make 
the new folder a ‘ground beef’, ’Italian’ or ‘main dish’ folder.  After you 
have named the new folder, double click it so you will be saving the new recipe 
inside of it.  Now name the recipe accordingly and click ‘save‘.  

Follow this simple procedure for all your Internet recipes and soon you will 
have your very own organized computer cookbook.  You can take this a step 
further and type in your recipes to try or favorite recipes from cookbooks or 
magazines; this will save space and money by eliminating the need for cookbooks 
or recipe storage systems.

I find it very handy and I can find recipes easily.  When I want to try one, I 
print it out.  Since it is in a word processing program, you can change the 
font or the colors to jazz it up.  

Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home of 
many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and 
Get a FREE Slowcooker Recipe E-book when you subscribe to Monica's FREE e-zine 
for homemakers!  To subscribe and receive instructions for picking up your FREE 
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