As 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: I’m writing a very (very) important paper and all of a sudden, the screen is frozen. I can’t save it, or anything else. What do I do?
A: Programs do freeze for no reason sometimes, but not often (I’m assuming you take care of your computer–defrag, don’t download with abandon, update it occasionally). Before you declare a dog-ate-my-homework sort of catastrophe, try this:
- Check your desktop for an open dialogue box and close it. You might have to answer its question first.
- Push escape four times. You might have inadvertently got yourself into something you don’t even know you’re in. Escape often lives up to its name.
- Click your program on the taskbar. You might have gotten out of it by accident.