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Tech Tip for Writers #34: My Program Froze

tech tipsTech 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: I’m writing a very (very) important paper and all of a sudden, the screen is frozen. I can’t save it, or anything else. What do I do?

A: Programs do freeze for no reason sometimes, but not often (I’m assuming you take care of your computer–defrag, don’t download with abandon, update it occasionally). Before you declare a dog-ate-my-homework sort of catastrophe, try this:

  • Check your desktop for an open dialogue box and close it. You might have to answer its question first.
  • Push escape four times. You might have inadvertently got yourself into something you don’t even know you’re in. Escape often lives up to its name.
  • Click your program on the taskbar. You might have gotten out of it by accident.

90% of the time, your computer is back to normal. If you’re one of the ten percenters, I hope you saved early and often (every ten minutes).

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 Examiner.coman Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab.
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2 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #34: My Program Froze

  1. Also, if you’re computer is frozen, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del. Then select Task Manager. Be patient while your screen comes back, then try to find the offending program nd close it.
    Also, if you are using Microsoft Word, make sure you’ve turned on the auto save. One nice thing abut Word is when you reopen, it will show the last versions it has of any docs that were opened when it crashed…


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