Tech Tip #133 5 Ways to Find Lost Files

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Today’s tip: 5 Ways to Find Lost Files

Category: Problem-solving

One of the scariest things for students is not being able to find their file. They assume (often wrongly) that it’s gone forever and they’ll have to start over. Sometimes, they find a version of the document, but not the latest version. This usually means they performed a ‘save-as’ rather than a simple ‘save’ when last they updated the file—so students need to remember where they might have saved it. Often, students save it to a default location—like My Documents on the local drive. This means they have to know where they were sitting, because that’s the ‘local drive’.

Show them the logical steps they can follow that will find many a lost file. These are common sense questions such as where did they save it? Can they search the network for it (which requires they know the name of the document)? Here’s a poster with five ways to prod students into finding a lost file:

can't find my file

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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