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Chapter 5. Saving, Opening, Printing, an... > The All-Important Save Command - Pg. 52

Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore 3. 52 Use the File name text box to enter a name for your document. Note that the name you choose must be different from any other document in the folder. Also, Windows XP lets you enter file names that are up to 255 characters long. Your names can include spaces, commas, and apostrophes, but not the following characters: \ , ? : * " < >. Now use the Save as type drop-down list to choose the type of document you want to create. In the vast majority of cases you won't have to bother with this because the default type is best. Many programs can create different document types, however, and this capability often comes in handy. Click the Save button. The program makes a permanent copy of the document on your hard disk. 4. 5. Here are some notes about saving new documents: · Happily, you won't have to go through the rigmarole of choosing a folder every time you save a new document. Most programs are smart enough to "remember" the most recent folder you worked with and will select it for you automatically the next time you're in the Save As dialog box. (Unfortunately, this only applies to the current session with the program. If you exit the program and then restart it, you have to reselect the folder.) · If you want your new document to replace an existing document, open the folder that contains the document and then double-click the file name. The program will ask whether you want to replace the document, and you then click Yes. · The rub with long file names is that DOS programs and programs meant to work with Windows 3.1 will scoff at your attempts to break through the old "8.3" file name barrier (eight characters for the file name and a three-character extension). What happens if you create a document with a long name, using a Windows XP program, and then try to open that document in an older