Save and share Microsoft Word 2010 documents to your computer, and learn the difference between the Save and Save As commands.
When you create a new document in Word, you'll need to know how to save it in order to access and edit it later. Word allows you to save your documents in several ways.
Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.
Save As allows you to choose a name and location for your document. It's useful if you've first created a document or if you want to save a different version of a document while keeping the original.
If you're using Windows 7, you'll usually want to save files to your Documents library, while in other versions of Windows you'll save them to the My Documents folder. For more information, check out our lessons on Windows 7 and Windows XP.
If you are saving for the first time and select Save, the Save As dialog box will appear.
Word automatically saves your documents to a temporary folder while you're working on them. If you forget to save your changes or if Word crashes, you can recover the autosaved file.
By default, Word autosaves every 10 minutes. If you are editing a document for less than 10 minutes, Word may not create an autosaved version.