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Tech Tip #15: Save Early Save Often–Always

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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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Tech Tip #15: Save Early Save Often–Always

  1. Microsoft Word also has an autosave feature JUST IN CASE you forget to save every 10 minutes. BUT, you have to make sure it is turned on. For example, on Mac:2011 Office, Go to WORD, then click on PREFERENCES, then click on SAVE icon, then choose the option SAVE AUTORECOVER INFO EVERY _____ MINUTES. I have mine to save every 5 minutes. That way, JUST IN CASE I forget to save often, I will have a recovery file pop up if my computer crashes. Each version of MS Office might be a little different in selecting that option, but it is worth doing.

    Google Docs autosaves continuously. Everything you type is immediately saved, so if you are simply typing a document without too many fancy bells and whistles, it might be convenient to use Google Docs then export it to MS Word format. Another plus to Google Docs is that you can pick up where you left off from ANY computer.

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