Saving your work
To save your work in Word 2007, click the round Office button in the top left of your screen. You should see a menu appear:
In Word 2010, click the File tab at the top of Word:
For Word 2013 and 2016 users, click the File tab as well. Your document will disappear when you click File and you'll see this screen:
Click on Save from the menu on the left. (The area on the right shows you information about the your document.)
When you click Save in Word 2013 and 2016, the area on the right will change to this:
Under Save As heading in Word 2013, you'll see three options: SkyDrive, Computer, and Add a Place. The first option is SkyDrive (though this might have changed to OneDrive). This saves it to servers operated and controlled by Microsoft. This is very useful if you want to work on your Excel document from other locations. For example, you may be working on a document in your office. Saving it to SkyDrive means you'll also be able to open it when you get home from work. When you click the SkyDrive option you'll be able to Sign In, Sign Up, or simply Learn More. We'll be saving to the Computer, though, so click this option. Then click the Browse option.
Click the File tab as well, in Word. Then select Save As from the left. The area in the middle will look like this:
Under Save As, you can see four items: OneDrive, This PC, Add a Place, and Browse. The default is to save your work on your own computer (This PC), in the My Documents folder:
If you're happy to save your work in the My Documents folder, then type a name in the text box that says "Enter file name here". Click the Save button to the right and your file will saved as a XLSX spreadsheet.
If you don't want to save your spreadsheet in the My Documents folder, click Browse (or More Options).
All Versions of Word
In all versions of Word, when you click the Save item (or Save then Browse) you'll see a dialogue box appear:
There are three main areas to the Save dialogue box: Where do you want to save your document? What do you want to call it? What type of document do you want to save it as?
We'll take the three areas in turn, starting with "Where do you want to save your document?"
The "Where" is set right at the top. The default location is in the Documents folder on your computer. You can see where this is by clicking the arrow in the top left:
The dropdown menu is a list of locations on your computer. The image above is from Windows 7 and shows that we are in the Libraries folder. (If you have Windows Vista, you won't see a Libraries entry. It will say Users. There will then be another one next to Users that has the user name you used when setting up your computer. For example: Users > Kenny > Documents.)
Inside the Libraries folder is another one called Documents. We're saving it to this folder. The larger area of the Save As dialogue box shows you the folders that are already in the Documents folder:
You can create folders of your own to hold your work. So click the New Folder button at the top:
You should see a new yellow folder appear in the main area of the Save As dialogue box, with some blue highlighting:
The blue highlighting means that it is ready to be typed over. Type the name My WP Projects. Then press the enter key on your keyboard (or just click away). The folder will then be renamed:
If you get it wrong, click back onto the folder. Now click again, and you should see the same blue highlighting. Or just right click the folder to see a new menu appear. Select Rename from the menu.
Now that you have created a new folder, double click the folder name to move inside of it. Notice the location area at the top:
The name of our folder has been added to the right of Documents, indicating that this new folder is inside of the Documents folder. In other words, there is a folder called Libraries, and inside of that another one called Documents. The folder we have created, the My WP Projects one, is inside of the Documents folder.
We now need to come up with a name for this particular document that we're saving. If you have a look at the bottom of the Save As dialogue box you'll see two areas: one called File Name, and the other called Save as Type. The File Name area is where you type a name for your document. The Save as Type means which type of document is will be. Microsoft Word documents from 2007 onwards end with the letters docx. Previously, the letters where just doc. If you sent someone a Word document with the ending docx, somebody with version 2003 of the software would not be able to open your file. Simply because previous Office versions don't know how to handle the newer format. The reverse is not true, though: they could send you a file that ended with the letters doc and you would be able to open it up in Word 2007 or Word 2010 to 20613.
Microsoft Word allows you to save documents in a wide range of different formats. Click anywhere inside of the Save as Type area to see a list of the different formats:
The image shows that we have Word 97 - 2003 Document in the Save as Type area. The three letter extension shows .doc. The first one on the list, however, is Word Document .docx, which is the one we want. Make sure this one is selected in your Save As dialogue box.
Now have a look at the File Name area. It should say Doc1.docx. (It might just say Doc1, however, if you haven't enabled file extensions on your computer. If you can't see any file extensions, do the tutorial here on our site: Enable File Extensions.) If your File Name area does not say Doc1, it may just display the first line of text from your document.
If you clicked the Save button now, your file will be called "Doc1" (or whatever you have in the File Name area). That's not a very descriptive name for a document, so we'll change it to something else. To give your document a different name, simply click inside the File Name text box. Delete everything in the text box. Type in a new name, something like Library Letter.
Your Save As dialogue box should now look like the one below. When it does, click the Save button:
You have now saved your work to your hard drive. Word 2007 and Word 2010 users will be returned to the main document area, with the letter displayed. Word 2013 and 2016 users, however, will stay on the same screen. To get back to your letter, click the white arrow in the white circle top left of your screen:
To prove that your document has indeed been saved, click the round Office button in the top left, or the File tab in Word 2010 to 2016. Select Save As. (Word 2013/16 users will need to click the Browse button again from the right hand side.) When the Save As dialogue box appears, you should see the name of your file in the big white area:
Click the Cancel button to get rid of the Save As dialogue box.
You can continue to work on a document that has been saved. But if you add more lines to your letter, or make any changes, you need to keep saving your changes on regular basis. You don't have to use Save As any more. You can just click the Office button or the File tab, then click on Save. Or click on the Save icon at the top of the screen, highlighted in the image below. This will update your document.
Word 2010 to 2016
A shortcut for saving your work is to hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard. Keep it held down and then press the letter S.
Remember to save your work on a regular basis. It's not a pleasant experience to have worked on a document for some time only for your computer to break down. When you finally get your computer to work again, if you haven't saved regularly you'll find all that hard work lost forever, with no way to get it back!
OK, now that you know how to save a Microsoft Word document, let's move on. The next section will be about highlighting text.