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 saved my document, but I can’t find it. How do I find it?
A: There are a couple of ways to search for a document that you created but don’t remember where you saved it:
- Open the program you created it in, say MS Word
- Most programs–Word, Publisher, Excel, etc.–show recently created documents in the task panel on the right hand side of the screen or under the File menu command–at the bottom of the drop down list. Check to see if your document shows up there. Open it and re-save it in a spot you’ll remember.
- Not there? The reason is probably because you’ve created too many documents since you created the one you’re looking for–these two spots only show the most recent. Try this:
- Go to File-Open
- Check the panel to the side of the Open dialogue box. You’ll see a choice for My Documents. Check there–that’s where most people save their documents.
- Check that same panel under Desktop. People like me save documents there so we can find them easily
- Still no luck? One more option–Search for it.
- Click the Start Button and select Search
- Type in the file name
- A list will populate on top of the Search field with all documents with that name
- Search only covers 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 such as Box.net
A note: Be sure you always save documents with a name you’ll remember. With my students, I have them use the file name with their Last name, the date and the topic. That way, if they have to search for it, they can use their last name as the search term and have a pretty good chance of finding it.
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