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Saving a New Document

When you create a new document in Word, it is stored temporarily in your computer's memory under the default name Document n, where n is a number that increases by one for each new unnamed document. The document is only kept in memory until you quit the program or turn off the computer. To save a document permanently so that you can retrieve it later, you must assign a name and save it to a disk or drive:

  1. Click File, Save, or press Ctrl+S. The Save As dialog box appears (see Figure 4.1).

  2. In the File Name text box, enter the name you want to assign to the document file. The name can be up to 256 characters long and needs to be descriptive of the document contents.

  3. If you want to save the document in a different folder or drive, do one of the following:

    • Click the Save In drop-down arrow and select a different folder and/or drive.

    • Select one of the folder icons displayed at the left side of the dialog box.

    • If the folder is visible in the dialog box list, double-click it.

  4. Click Save. The document is saved to disk and the name you assigned appears in the title bar.

    Figure 4.1. Use the Save As dialog box to save a document for the first time.


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