32. BACKUP BASICS; SAVE YOUR DOCUMENTS. (How to, when, and where.)

You've heard of "Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley, well that is what you will be doing if you don't save your documents.

This is basic, but long. Do it a few times and it will become second nature.

When you are typing a letter you can Save anytime. The first time you Control (Ctrl) S, the Ctrl (CONTROL) key is at the bottom left side of the keyboard), and in the Save in box at the top of the page should be My Documents. If it is not there use the down arrow and scroll until you find it and click on it.

Near the bottom of the page is the File name box, type the name you want, (Notes) or (Stocks) or whatever.

Under that, is Save As: Word Document (*.doc) should be there. If it is not there use the down arrow and scroll until you find it and click on it. Now move to the right and click on save.

Now when you want to add items to Notes: To highlight the items do; Control A and to copy the items; do Control C. Click on your NOTES file, do Control End (the End key is just above your arrow keys) and this will bring you to the bottom page of the file, now do Control V to paste and Control S to save the document.

Do the same for STOCKS file, I know this sounds confusing but believe me it will become second nature to you after a few times. You'll love it and wonder how you did without it. This is very very basic and I wish everyone would please try it.

Now as you add paragraphs you can do Control S and it will save anything new you have added, it will not ask you about the Save in box or File name box because it remembers it.

When I am writing a document, I continually do Control S so if something happens that work is saved to the hard drive.

You may also configure Microsoft Word to save you work. While you are working on a document go to Tools > Options> Save, and middle way down set the time in minutes, click OK.

If this document is very important, also save it to a floppy. Go to Start > My Documents. Put a floppy in you're A: drive. Right Click on the document go to Send To and click on 3 1/2 Floppy (A) and in a few seconds remove the floppy and your work is saved no matter what happens to your computer.



BACKUP BASICS; Getting started:

What should you back up?
• Bank records and other financial information.
• Digital photographs.
• Music you purchased and downloaded from the Internet.
• Personal projects.
• Your e-mail address book and Messages. See Tips on Outlook Express.
• Your Internet Explorer bookmarks. See Tips on Internet Explorer.

Store your backup copies—Floppies, CDs, DVDs, external hard disk drive.

To backup your files to a CD: Right-click the files or folders that you want to back up, and then click Send To, then click on your D or E drive, the drive you use to burn CDs.

After you do this a balloon will appear near the right side of your TASKBAR. click on it and it will show the Files or folders to be written to the CD. On the left side click on Write these files to CD. Then the CD Writing Wizard will come up.

If you wish to backup the Registry, go to Start, Run, type in regedit, then file, then Export to the drive that burns your CDs.

To back up a few small files that will fit on a Floppy: Right-click the files or folders that you want to back up, and then click Send To, then click on your 3 1/2 Floppy (A:) drive and it records on the Floppy immediately.


PATH: A PATH tells the computer where to find programs and files
If Browse comes up, it wants to know the PATH or if you're saving a file you need to know the path. It is like the Mailman needing your home address.


C: is the Drive, My Documents is the Folder, Computer Class is the Sub Folder and Top Fifty.doc is the file.

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