How to Save Files With a Computer

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There are many options for saving files to a PC and it can be confusing if you are new to working with computers. The following options are for saving files and outline the various devices that can be used to take your information on the go. There are just a few easy steps to follow to keep your information for a long time.


Step 1

Save your files to your hard drive-Local Disk (C:)-by clicking on "Save As" and navigating down the (C:) drive. Give your document a name. Your document will then be saved on your computer.

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Step 2

Save your files to a CD by opening the CD drive door and inserting a blank CD. Click "Save As" on your document and navigate down to the (CD D:) drive. Choose "Write these files to CD" and provide a name for your CD. Click "Next" to start saving. Please note that you must use a rewritable CD. If you choose a readable only CD, you will not be able to save files to the CD.


Step 3

Save files to a flash drive by inserting the flash drive into a USB port. Click "Save As" on your document and navigate down to the (Removable Disk E:) drive. Choose a name for your file and click "Save." Click the icon in the bottom right corner that says "Safely Remove Hardware" before removing flash drive. You are now ready to take your files with you. Flash drives are also known as jump drives, portable data storage devices, thumb drives, keychain drives and USB drives.

Step 4

Email yourself the document that you are working on so that you have an extra copy of it in your inbox as a backup.


Before closing your document, make sure the files you intended to save were actually saved so you don't lose any important information.