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Audio course: Get to know Word: Create your first document

The Save button on the Standard toolbar, and the Save As dialog box

Fig. 1  The Save button on the Standard toolbar.
Callout 1 The Standard toolbar.
Callout 2 The Save button.
Fig. 2  The Save As dialog box, which appears the first time you save your document.

Perhaps by now you have a finely tuned sentence, or a paragraph of facts and figures that you would regret losing if you accidentally deleted some text, or if a power failure shut your computer down.

To keep your work, you have to save it, and it's never too early to do that.

To save your document for the first time, click Save Button image on the Standard toolbar (see Figure 1). If you prefer to use the keyboard, press CTRL+S (hold down the CTRL key and then press S; this is called a keyboard shortcut).

Tip     Toolbars have all sorts of buttons that you can use to carry out commands. To find out what a button does, move your mouse over it. A word or two is displayed to tell you what the button does.

The Save As dialog box opens next (see Figure 2). A dialog box is a smaller window in which you perform some action. You use this box to tell Word where you want to store the document on your computer, and what you want to call it.

In the practice you'll learn the steps for exactly how to use the Save As dialog box.

After you save your document, and you continue to type, click the Save button, or click CTRL+S, every once in a while. That will save the changes you make as you work. Then, when you finish, save the document once again.

When you are through working, and have saved your work, you close the file by clicking Close on the File menu.

Tip     If you forget to save your document before you close the file, Word will remind you by asking if you want to save changes. You can then click Yes or No.

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