Tech Tip #29 I can’t find a file

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Today’s tip: Find a file

Category: Problem-solving

Q:  I saved my document, but I can’t find it. What do I do?

A:  There are five ways to search for a document you saved, but don’t remember where (see poster below):

If none of these work, try these two:

  • One: Open the program you created it in, say MS Word.
  • Select File>Open. MS Office programs–Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint–and some other software show recently created documents in the task panel. Check to see if your document shows up there. If so, open it and re-save it in a spot you’ll remember.
  • Two: Not there? Click the Start Button. Type the file name in Search. This will Search only locations attached to your computer. For example, it won’t find files on your flash drive if it isn’t plugged in or an external folder.

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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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