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Chapter 3. Creating and Saving Documents > What You Need to Know About Creating...

What You Need to Know About Creating and Saving Documents

When you are working on a document in Word, the document is stored in the memory of your computer. This memory is often referred to as RAM, or random-access memory, and it is a temporary location for the programs and documents you use when you are working with your computer. When you exit a program or turn off your computer, whatever was stored in memory vanishes. For this reason, you need a permanent storage location for your programs and files. Floppy disks and hard disks are used for this purpose. They are magnetic media, much like the cassette tapes that are used to record music, on which information from your computer can be stored for as long as you want.

When you first open Word, you are presented with a blank document. You can begin typing text into this document right away. Until you save the file, the work you do is only temporarily stored in the computer's memory. Eventually, you need to save this document onto a disk, either the hard disk in your computer or a floppy disk, using File, Save. When you first save the document, you need to give it a name, which you do in the Save As dialog box. From then on, you have the choice of saving the file with the same name, or saving it with a new name, which you can do using File, Save As.


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