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How to Save Your Work on Your Surface

Your Surface with Windows RT can read, save, and create Office files stored nearly anywhere: on your Surface, a flash drive, a networked PC, or on SkyDrive, the online storage place accessible by any PC.

These programs aren’t pre-installed on the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, but if you install them, this chapter helps bring you up to speed on the basics on opening, saving, and printing Office files.

As soon as you begin creating your document, save it. By saving it, you’ve done two things:

  • You’ve created something to fall back on just in case you accidentally mess up your current work.

  • You’ve created a starting point should you need to rush out the door and return later.

To save your work in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Save icon in the screen’s top left corner.


    The Save icon, which resembles a 25-year-old floppy disk, fetches the Save As window, shown in the figure.


    Choose a name for your work and a place to save it.

  2. Choose a location for your document.

    Two choices await you, depending on your plans for the document:

    • SkyDrive: Choose this, your storage space on the Internet, if you plan on accessing the document from other computers.

    • Computer: If you plan on keeping the document on your Surface or e-mailing it to somebody, choose this option, and then select My Documents as your final destination. Every program and app can easily access files stored inside that folder.

  3. Choose a name for your Document and tap the Save button.

    Your helpful program offers a generic name, like Presentation1, which certainly won’t help you locate your work. Change the suggested name to something more descriptive that will help you remember the document next week.

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