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Save File in Windows

Save File in Windows

Saving a file in Windows is quite simple.

Each program you have should have a top toolbar with a menu item called File on the far left of the toolbar. This is the menu item that you use to save a file and have control over where the files is saved and how it is named.

With the File menu item you can navigate to the folder you want to save the file to, name it whatever you like and change the file type if you wish.

Save a File in Windows

  1. In the top toolbar click File.
  2. Select Save As from the list that appears.

    The Save As dialog box appears.

  3. In the top of the Save As dialog box there is a dropdown list. Click the arrow on the right of the dropdown list and navigate to the folder you wish to save the file too.
  4. At the bottom of the Save As dialog box there is a section with the label File name. In the box beside that label type in the name of the file. Include the extension to be sure it is saved in the correct format.

    Some programs will add the correct extension to the end of the file name for you. Until you are sure your program is saving files with the extension you wish, I recommend add it yourself.

  5. Click Save and you are done!

That wasn’t that hard, was it.

The hard part about saving files is remembering where you saved them. As a beginner I would suggest that you save all your files to the My Documents folder until you are more familiar with your computer.

Some programs will by default save files where they want to save them. You will have to consult the program documentation to see if/how to change this.

Once you have initially saved a file you can click the Save button or File/Save from the top toolbar. The file will be saved where you had the original.

CAUTION: When you hit the Save button your existing file will be overwritten. i.e. You will loose the previous copy.

To avoid accidental over writing of an existing file you wish to save the original of, save the file with a new name BEFORE you start editing. You have been warned, no whining when you loose your original.

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