Save a Document - dummies

By Andy Rathbone

When you are finished working with a document, you will want to save the document. You can save the document to your hard drive, a CD, or a flash drive, for example.

The same Save command appears in all Windows Vista programs, no matter which programmer wrote them. Click File from the top menu, choose 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 Vista asks you to think up a name for your document. Type something descriptive using only letters, numbers, and spaces between the words. Follow these tips to save your document:

  • Choose descriptive filenames for your work. Windows Vista gives you 255 characters to work with, so a file named June Report on Squeegee Sales is easier to locate than one named Sales Report.

  • You can save files to any folder, CD, or even a memory card. But files are much easier to find down the road when they stay in the Documents folder. (Feel free to save a second copy onto your CD as a backup.)

  • Most programs can save files directly to a CD. Choose Save from the File menu and choose your CD burner. Put a CD (preferably one that’s not already filled) into your CD-writing drive to start the process.

  • If you’re working on something important (and most things are), choose 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). Programs make you choose a name and location for a file when you first save it; subsequent saves are much speedier.