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How to View Websites That Are No Longer Available

Recently, I was troubleshooting an issue and searching on Google for answers. While searching I came across some links in Google search that looked like they would contain the answer. When I clicked on the link it brought me to a page that was "no longer available." The page that was unavailable was the page I needed and I wanted to find a way to open it. 

This turned out to be easier than expected when I found out about search engine cached pages. A cached page is a copy of a websites page that has been crawled (Searched) by the search engine you are using and stored in a secondary location for faster access to the page later on. This is mainly done by Google's web servers to provide faster access to frequently used content.

The page I was having trouble viewing was using the live version of the page, not the cached copy. I then tried to find the cached copy of the page using and the page loaded successfully! If the Google Cache option does not work for you, try option to view the last snapshot(s) of a page taken by

Good luck in your quest to find answers!

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