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Tech Tip for Writers #15: Save Early Save Often

tech tips for writers

Tech Tips for Soon-to-be Great Writers

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: My computer is old and crashes sometimes. What’s a good rule to follow so I don’t lose my work?

A: Saving is easier than you think. I know, you’re thinking it is easy, so what’s the deal?

Do you save every ten minutes?

Have you ever lost your work because… it just disappeared. Maybe a power surge. Maybe you pressed the wrong button. Who knows, but hours worth of work evaporated.

Here’s what you do.

  • Save the file wherever you normally save your work (My Documents, desktop, etc.)
  • Every ten minutes, push Ctrl+S (hold Ctrl down while you push S). Then keep working.

save a documentIt takes moments to insure your work is always saved.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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2 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #15: Save Early Save Often

  1. Oh I’ve pushed plenty of wrong buttons accidentally & lost stuff! I’ve developed better habits now & do save every 5 minutes or so – didn’t know the Ctrl-S version though, so thanks for that!


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