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Save the document

You have to "save" every document you create on your computer, unless you never want to see it again. Saving it means you store a copy onto the hard disk. After you save a document, you can open it again, make changes, make a copy, add to it, delete from it, etc. You need to save it as soon as you begin, and then you need to save changes every couple of minutes as you work. Why every couple of minutes? Because as you work, all of your changes are being held in "memory," which is a temporary storage space. So temporary, in fact, that if the power in your home or ofFIce flickers or goes out, or your computer crashes or freezes up, or the cat chews your power cord, everything that you had not saved will disappear. Nothing can get it back.

Note

Rule Number One: SOS: Save Often Sweetheart.


Unfortunately, humans seem to learn best through catastrophes. I can almost guarantee that you won't bother saving often until one very late night when you lose the last two hours worth of work on a report that is due first thing in the morning.

Note

crash or freeze: When your computer stops working, usually for no reason that you can tell or ever figure out. You will crash. See pages 292–293 to restart your iMac.


To save your document

1.
From the File menu, choose "Save As…." You will get one of the dialog boxes shown below, depending on your version of AppleWorks.

2.
Name your document! Name it something that you will remember and something that gives you a clue as to what this document is about.

3.
Click the "Save" button (or hit Return).

4.
For right now, your documents will be saved into the folder you made earlier called "Documents" (see page 51).

Note

Later, when you are more comfortable with your iMac, you need to learn how to save your files into the specific folders you need them in. That's when you should read The Little Mac Book.




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