As you begin creating on your computer you’ll need to know how to preserve what you’ve made. This process is appropriately called saving. To keep a file for future use, you must use the Save command. This is usually found under a program’s “File” menu at the top of the screen.
When you click on the Save command, a small window called a dialog window will open, and ask where you want to save the file. In the File namebox, type a name for the file.
Put files where you can find them easily.
For instance, place scrapbook pages in a folder called “Scrapbook Stuff,” or put greeting cards you’ve created in a folder called “Cards.” It can be fun to customize your computer in this way.
If a file has already been saved and you are just updating it, the save command will not open the Save dialog window again, it will simply save over the previous version.
If you want to save a newer version of the file separately or if you want to save multiple versions of the same file use the Save As command. This is found directly under the Save command under the File menu.
When you select Save As, a Save dialog window will open. Give your file a new name and place it where you can easily find it. This will prevent the computer from saving over the original file.
S.O.S. Stands for “Save Often Silly!”
Computers attempt to perform every task they are given with exactness. However, power surges, programming errors, conflicting codes, viruses and other common computer problems sometimes cause a program, or even an entire machine to crash or freeze. Because of the possible problems it is wise to remember S.O.S.
You should save often to avoid losing hours of work when problems occur. A good rule of thumb is to save your work at least once every 10-15 minutes. You can also “stage save” by occasionally using a “Save As” command to make a copy of your file. That way, even if a problem occurs, you have a recently saved file to fall back on.