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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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The All-Important Save Command

Save your work as soon as you can and as often as you can.

Without even a jot of hyperbole, I’m telling you right here and now, this deceptively simple slogan is probably the single most important piece of advice you’ll stumble upon in this book.

Why all the fuss? Because when you work with a new document (or with an existing document), all the changes you make are stored temporarily in your computer’s memory. The bad news is that memory is a fickle and transient medium that, despite its name, forgets all of its contents when you shut down Windows. If you haven’t saved your document to your hard disk (which maintains its contents even when Windows isn’t running—and even if your computer is turned off), you lose ...

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