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Chapter 5. Saving, Opening, Printing, an... > The All-Important Save Command - Pg. 50

Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore 50 Look Out! If your computer's memory doesn't go into clean slate mode until you shut down Windows, you may be won- dering why you can't just wait to save until you're ready to close up shop for the night. If a power failure shuts off your system, or if Windows crashes, all your unsaved work is toast. By saving constantly, you greatly lessen the chance of that happening. To guard against such a disaster, remember my "saving slogan" from before and keep the following in mind: · When you create a new document, save it as soon as you've entered any data that's worth keeping. · After the new document is saved, keep right on saving it as often as you can. When I'm writing a book, I typically save my work every 30 to 60 seconds (I'm paranoid!), but a reasonable schedule is to save your work every 5 minutes or so. Saving a New Document Saving a new document takes a bit of extra work, but after that's out of the way, subsequent saves require only a mouse click or two. To save a new document, use either of the following techniques: · Select the File, Save command. · Click the Save button in the program's toolbar (see Figure 5.1). Most programs will display a Save As dialog box like the one shown in Figure 5.2.