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How to save files on your computer.

In the previous guide, we looked at folders, All About Windows Folders, so now we're looking at saving files into those folders.

Everything on your computer is regarded as a file. Every Document, Picture, Video or piece of Music are all called files.

And we need to be able to find our files, when we want them. It maybe 6 months or a year after we saved those files, but we still need to be able to find them.

So here, we're going to look at how to save a file.

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    how to save a file.

    To get started we'll need a file to save. So we'll use a program called Notepad to create some simple text files to practice with.

    Once you get the hang of saving files in Notepad, all other programs are the same.

    Open Notepad by clicking the Start button, then typing -

    notepad

    Left click Notepad at the top of the list.

    open notepad.

    When Notepad opens, type a short sentence.

    You can type anything you like, I've gone with "This is a dummy file", but anything will do.

    type something into notepad.

    To save the file, we'll need to tell the computer 2 things.

    First, what's the file's name. What should the file be called.

    And.

    Second, where to save the file. Which folder should the file be saved in. Where's it going to live.

    We'll call the file "Dummy File 1" and we'll save it to the Desktop.

    Click the FILE button in the top left hand corner.

    On the menu that opens, click SAVE.

    click file & then save.

    The SAVE AS window opens.

    This is where we can tell the computer what we want to call the file. What name should it have.

    And where should the file be saved to. Which folder should the file be placed into.

    the save as window.

    We can also tell the computer what format to save the file in, but we'll get to that later in the course.

    For now, we'll concentrate on name & location.

    You'll notice that when the Save As window first opens, the File Name is highlighted.

    This means that we can immediately type a name for the file.

    We don't have to click in the box, or press the delete key on the keyboard.

    We just start typing.

    type the name of your file.

    Next, we need to tell the computer which folder to save the file into.

    Looking at the main body of the window, you'll see it's split into 2 panes or panels.

    The left hand pane gives you access to your main folders.

    We want to save this file onto the Desktop, so click Desktop in the left hand pane.

    click desktop in the left hand panel.

    The right hand pane will change to show the contents of the Desktop folder.

    Click the SAVE button in the bottom right hand corner.

    click the save button.

    Close Notepad and check on your desktop for the file you've just created.

    it worked. Hoorah.

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    Practice, as they say, makes perfect. Have a go at the exercises.

    Have a go for yourself.

    In the video we'll create 2 files called Dummy File 1 & Dummy File 2, and save both of them onto the Desktop.

    saving a file on your computer.

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    saving a file into a folder.

    OK, so now we can save a file straight onto the Desktop. But what if we want to save the file into a folder on the Desktop.

    Let's say we're going to create several files, all related to each other, that we want to keep together inside a folder on the Desktop.

    Hmmmmm.

    For now we'll stick with using Notepad, so open it up and type something.

    Click the FILE button, then click SAVE.

    Just as we did before.

    click file, save.

    The SAVE AS window opens.

    Name the file, just like we did earlier.

    Then, because we're saving the file into a folder on the Desktop, left click Desktop in the left hand pane.

    So far it's exactly the same as saving a file directly onto the Desktop.

    The difference comes in the next step.

    name the file & click desktop.

    Now we want the file to go into a new folder on the Desktop. Right.

    Towards the top left hand corner of the window, you'll see a button called NEW FOLDER.

    Left click once on the NEW FOLDER button, and a new folder will be created on the Desktop.

    click new folder.

    We've already covered naming folders on the previous page.

    But just to be sure, while the words "New Folder" are highlighted, type a name for your folder.

    You don't have to click on it, or click in the box, or press the delete key on the keyboard.

    Just start typing the name you want to give to the folder.

    name your new folder.

    Once you've named the folder, left click it once to select it.

    Then click the OPEN button, which is in the lower right hand corner of the window.

    Then click the SAVE button.

    select the folder, click open, click save.

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    Practice, as they say, makes perfect. Have a go at the exercises.

    When you click the OPEN button, the folder will open.

    Now all you need to do is click the SAVE button.

    And the file will be saved into a newly created folder on the Desktop.

    Let's see it being done.

    save a file into a folder.

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    adding more files into the folder.

    Here we go, we've already got a folder, and now we want to add a file to it.

    Let's say we've got a folder called "More Dummy Files", and it's on our Desktop. Now we want to save a file into it.

    Create a folder on your Desktop and call it "More Dummy Files".

    Now open Notepad and type something.

    Then click FILE and SAVE.

    The SAVE AS window will open.

    Name your file.

    So far it's all the same as before.

    the save as window.

    The folder we want to save our file into is on the Desktop, so click Desktop in the left hand panel.

    In the right hand panel, we can see the More Dummy Files folder.

    Left click it once to select it, then click the OPEN button.

    When the folder opens, click the SAVE button.

    select the folder & then click open.

    Tada. Job done.

    It's time to have a go for yourself.

    Do have a run at this exercise. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy.

    Save a file into a folder that already exists.

    saving files into other folders on your computer.

    Up to now we've been saving everything onto the Desktop.

    That's because it's easy to do and easy to find those files afterwards, to check that it worked.

    But of course you can easily save a file into any folder.

    There is however, a small caveat. A hiccup if you will.

    When your saving files into other folders, sometimes they'll disappear.

    There's nothing wrong, it's just the way Windows works.

    In this final video, we're looking at how to get around the problem.

    It's very easy to do, once you know about it.

    saving files into other folders.

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    files everywhere.

    Now we can save a file anywhere on the computer. Brill.

    "So Mr Bond, you saved the file. I won't make it so easy for you next time."