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Saving Files in Windows 10

2016

Saving Files in Windows 10

Saving documents in Windows 10 means to send the work you’ve just created to a hard drive, flash drive, or disc for safekeeping. Here are a few ways to save a file:

1. Click File on the top menu, click Save, and save your document in your Documents folder or to your desktop for easy retrieval later.

If you’re saving something for the first time, Windows asks you to name your document. Type something descriptive using only letters, numbers, and spaces between the words. Windows gives you 255 characters to work with.

You can save files to any folder, CD, DVD, or even a flash drive.

As you are working, click the program’s Save command every few minutes. Or use the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut. (While holding down the Ctrl key, press the S key.)

Choose Save from the File menu and choose your preferred drive from the right pane’s This PC section. Put a flash drive into your USB port to start the process. The flash drive will show up as a "Removable Disk."

2. The Save As command gives you a chance to save your work with a different name and in a different location. Suppose that you open a file and change a few sentences. You want to save your new changes, but you don’t want to lose the original words, either. Preserve both versions by selecting Save As and typing the new name.

Perhaps more important, the Save As command also lets you save a file in a different format. You can save your original copy in your normal format, but you can also save a copy in a different format. (For example, save a document as a Word Document, then you can use Save As to save the document as a PDF file).

When you’re saving something for the first time, the Save and Save As commands are identical: Both make you choose a fresh name and location for your work.

3. A few newer programs spare you the chore of clicking the Save button: They save your work automatically as you type. Microsoft’s Online programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, etc) save your work automatically, so they lack a Save button, or the Save button is used to save your work to the Cloud.

 

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