Dear Computer Lady,
I am trying to save my address book on my thumb drive. How do I do this with Vista?
Love the “Computer Lady”.
Windows Vista does not store your contacts in the Address Book program that was used in earlier versions of Windows. Instead, it uses the “Contacts ” folder, which is very easy to back up to a thumb drive or other removable media. Here is how:
1. Insert your thumb drive, and when the AutoPlay dialog box appears, click on “Open folder to view files”. 2. Move the folder for your thumb drive off to the side of your desktop. 3. Click on the “Start Orb” and then click on your user name at the top of the right column in the start menu. 4. Arrange your two open folders so you can see the contents of each folder. 5. Using your mouse, drag the “Contacts” folder from your user window to the thumb drive window. 6. As soon as you release the mouse button, the entire folder will be copied to your thumb drive.
It really is an easy process, and can be repeated every time you add new contacts.
In addition to backing up my files to a removable device like a thumb drive, I also use an online backup service to automatically back up my files whenever I change them or create new ones. Since my files are backed up online, they are safe from theft or damage in a fire or flood. You can try Carbonite for 15 days at:
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