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Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Saving Documents

In a few programs, such as the Calculator or Solitaire, you spend your time working (or playing) in the lone application window. When you close the window, no trace of your work remains.

Most programs, however, are designed to create documents—files that you can re-open for further editing, send to other people, back up on another disk, and so on.

That’s why these programs offer FileSave and FileOpen commands, which let you preserve the work you’ve done, saving it onto the hard drive as a new file icon so that you can return to it later.

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