Save and Save As

Save Word XP documents to your computer, and learn the difference between the Save and Save As commands.

The Save As dialog box

After selecting Save from the menu bar or the Standard toolbar, the Save As dialog box appears.

save as dialog box

To specify a file location:

  • Open the Save In: drop-down list box.
  • Choose 3 1/2 floppy (A:) if saving to a floppy disk.
  • Choose (C:) if saving to your hard disk.
  • Name your file in the File name: box.
  • Click Save.

If you do not choose a file name, Word will assign a file name for you. It assigns the first line of text in your document unless you give it a different name when prompted in the File name box.

If you do not specify a file location, Office uses the My Documents folder as the default location. If you can't find a file, check My Documents.

After naming and saving a file once:

  • Click the Save buttonSave Buttonon the Standard toolbar.


  • Go to the File menu and choose Save.
    You will not get a Save As dialog box again.