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Tech Tip #15: Save Early Save Often

Posted by on November 23, 2010

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: My computer is old and crashes sometimes. What’s a good rule to follow so I don’t lose my work?

A: Saving is easier than you think. I know, you’re thinking it is easy, so what’s the deal?

Do you save every ten minutes?

Have you ever lost your work because… it just disappeared. Maybe a power surge. Maybe you pressed the wrong button. Who knows, but hours worth of work evaporated.

Here’s what you do.

  • Save the file wherever you normally save your work (My Documents, desktop, etc.)
  • Every ten minutes, push Ctrl+S (hold Ctrl down while you push S). Then keep working.

save a documentIt takes moments to insure your work is always saved.

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