It fails to amaze me how so many people have so much trouble saving their work.
I’ll start by explaining that a computer is a piece of machinary that requires electricity to operate. What happens when you turn your light switch off? The light goes out. What happens when you turn your computer off at the wall without saving your work? Your computer turns off (and coincidentally you lose that 8-page Essay you’ve been writing up, without saving once!)
I know that is very unlikely to happen – but I have experienced it. Some nitwit had written up that many pages without saving, and the Word Processor had frozen up or crashed and they’d lost their work.
I will explain now, that the look on someones face when they’ve lost this work is hysterical… do you want to be that person?
Saving your work is easy, and I recommend you do it every two minutes at least or as often as you pause to think. It really is not hard at all.
On Mac: Command Key (Apple Key) + S On Windows: Ctrl + S. There you have it, the easiest option to ensure that even if something goes wrong with the software, you will at least have a saved copy from earlier that you may be able to recover work from. If you haven’t given the document a name yet, you will be asked to – but only the first time.
I’d also like to say not to ever rely on Auto-Save features, they’re not fool-proof at all.
Learn to save your work every two minutes and you’ll be doing it without thinking about it in no time!