How Do You Save to a USB Flash Drive?

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

USB flash drives are handy tools for professionals, students and other computer users. Using a USB flash drive, you can transport or back up files to a device that fits on your key ring. This increases portability and helps you transfer files from one computer to another. You can save a file directly to a USB flash drive instead of saving it to the computer, then transferring it to the flash drive.

Step 1

Plug the USB flash drive into your computer. The USB port is on the front or back of a desktop computer; it's located on either side for notebook and laptop computers.

Step 2

Open the document or file that you wish to save to the USB flash drive. Click on "File" and select "Save As."

Step 3

Select "Computer" or "My Computer" under the "Location" or "Folder" bar. Then select "Removable" as your "Save To" location. "Removable" is your USB flash drive. If you have given your USB flash drive a custom name, you may also see this name beneath the drive.

Step 4

Click "Save" to save the file to your USB flash drive.

Step 5

Right-click on the green "Flash Drive" icon on the right side of your Windows taskbar. Click on "Safely Remove" and wait until instructed to unplug the USB flash drive.