How To Save A Document in Windows 10

Dear Computer Lady,

Can you please tell me how to save a word document (windows 10) to the desktop and to a usb memory stick.

Just upgraded my operating system and am looking to find a way to do this.

Thanks, Alicia

Dear Alicia,

Saving a Word document in Windows 10 shouldn’t be all that different than it was in previous versions of Windows. Let’s take a look.

Open Microsoft Word and create your document.

To save it on your desktop, follow these directions:

1. Click on the “File” tab in the upper-left corner.
2. Click on “Save” in the menu.
3. Click on “This PC” under Save As.
4. Click the up arrow at the top of the right column, next to the word “Documents”.
5. Click on “Desktop” in the right column.
6. Type a name for your document in the box that says, “Enter file name here”.
7. Click the “Save button.

To save a copy of the document on the USB memory stick, follow these directions:

1. Click on the “File” tab in the upper-left corner.
2. Click on “Save As” in the menu.
3. Click on “This PC” under Save As.
4. Click the up arrow at the top of the right column, until it says, “This PC”.
5. Double-Click on “your USB drive” in the right column.
6. Click the “Save button.

Now, close your Word document and you will have a copy on your desktop and your USB drive.

Elizabeth

 

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    • ron007
    • August 2, 2016

    Using SAVE AS from Word can be done, but it is not a good idea. That may lead you to editing the file directly on the USB drive. Instead, you would be getter off saving to the desktop, then copying from desktop to the USB.

    USB/Flash drives have memory with a limited number of write cycles. So Windows does not write directly the flash drive. Instead it writes to a “cache”, only when the cache has a full block of data is it written to the flash drive. If you do not properly shut down the flash drive before unplugging it you can lose part of the file.

    So the best approach is to only edit files while they are on the local HD. Copy the files to/from the USB to the local HD.

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