When you save a file, you name the file, choose a place to save it, and select a file type. It's important to save files with descriptive names so that later, perhaps even a year from now, you can tell what the file is without opening it. Additionally, at least at first, you should strive to save data files in their respective default folders. Save personal documents to the My Documents folder, personal pictures the My Pictures folder, personal audio files to the My Music folder, and so on. Windows 8 makes it easy to do this.
Similarly, you should opt to save data you'd like to share with others or access from netВworked devices (such as media centers) to their Public folder counterparts. For instance, you should consider saving your music files to the Public Music folder, your vacation videos to the Public Videos folder, and your favorite pictures to the Public Pictures folder because, when you do, you make those files easily accessible from any device on your network. You have to choose this option specifically, though; no data is saved to the Public folders by default.
TIP When you save a file by using a Save As dialog box, and when you click a library in the Navigation pane (Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos), the data will be saved to the related personal folder. Data is never saved to the Public folders unless you specifically state to do so.
In this exercise, you'll create a file in Notepad and save it to your personal Documents folder.
1 SET UP Return to the Start screen. No other setup is required for this exercise.
1 At the Start Screen, start typing Notepad.
2 Click or tap Notepad.
3 Type I will save this file as a Text Document.
4 Click File And choose Save As.
5 In the File name window, type My Notepad Document.
6 Under Libraries, Click Documents.
7 Click Save.
TIP When you choose Documents under Libraries, the file is saved to your personal My Documents folder. It is not saved to the Public Documents folder.
CLEAN UP Click the red X in Notepad to close it.
SEE ALSO To learn how to save a file to the Public folders, refer to the next section, "Understanding Libraries."
It is important to understand that the options you see in the Save As Type drop-down list depend on the program you're using to save the file. In Notepad, if you click the arrow by Save As Type: Text Documents (*txt), you can see that you have only one option, Text Documents (*.txt). As you saw earlier, though, there are many more options in programs such as Microsoft Word, including. doc and. docx. Likewise, art or photo-editing programs offer many different file type options, including. jpg, .bmp, and. gif. You'll see additional opВtions as you gain experience with different software applications.
TROUBLESHOOTING If you have the option of saving a file as a type already called out in this chapter (such as a. doc, .jpeg, or. gif) versus something you've never heard of (such as. ged), save the file by using the most universal format. That way you'll be able to open the file in other programs, not just in the program in which you created or saved it.