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Chapter 5. Saving, Opening, Printing, an... > Manufacturing a New Document - Pg. 49

Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore 49 "What's Up, Doc(ument)?" Most folks think a document is a word processing file. That's certainly true, as far as it goes, but I'm talking about a bigger picture in this chapter. Specifically, when I say "document," what I really mean is any file that you create by cajoling a program into doing something useful. So, yes, a file created within the confines of a word processing program (such as Windows' Word- Pad) is a document. However, these are also documents: text notes you type into a text editor; images you draw in a graphics program; e-mail missives you compose in an e-mail program; spreadsheets you construct with a spreadsheet program; and presentations you cobble together with a presentation graphics program. In other words, if you can create it or edit it yourself, it's a document. Manufacturing a New Document Lots of Windows programs--including WordPad, Notepad, and Paint--are courteous enough to offer up a new, ready-to-roll, document when you start the program. This means you can just dive right in to your typing or drawing or whatever. Later on, however, you may need to start another new document. To do so, use one of the following techniques: · Select the File, New command. · Click the New button in the program's toolbar, pointed out in Figure 5.1. (This is the WordPad program. If you want to follow along, open WordPad by selecting Start, All Programs, Acces- sories, WordPad.)