Word And WordPerfect Documents Not Saving

by on November 26, 2007

Q: Any changes that I make to Word or WordPerfect documents are not saving. Why is this?

A: Hello there. I am sorry that you are having trouble saving changes to Word and WordPerfect files. Word and WordPerfect are very different programs and operate in different ways so we will tackle saving for each program separately.

Microsoft Word

Manually Saving
There are a few ways that you can save changes to your documents in Microsoft Word. The most common way is to make the changes to your document, and click the Save icon on the Standard toolbar (it looks like a disc) or to select File, Save. Once you select Save, the Save dialog will open.

Once the screen opens, name your document, select the location in which to save it, and click the Save button. This will save your document with all of its changes to the location you selected above.

If you want to save changes to your document but maintain the original document, you will use Save As rather than Save. To use Save As, select File, Save As. The Save As dialog box will open. From here, just as when saving the document initially, name your document, select the location in which to save your new document, and click the Save button. Your document will be saved with all of your changes as a new document, while your original document will be saved as well. This is a great method for keeping track of changes made to a document, or for using a document as a sort of template.

Automatically Saving
Aside from manually saving documents in Microsoft Word, you will probably want to set Word to automatically save your documents while you are working on them. This will allow you to recover your documents should Word fail before you are able to save your documents. To set Word to automatically save your documents select Word, Preferences. Once in Preferences, select Save from the list of topics on the left.

Find Save AutoRecover info every: in the Preferences screen. If the AutoRecover checkbox is not checked, select it. Use the up and down arrows to set the save interval for your program. Once you have made the appropriate changes, click the OK button.

The above steps should help you save your files manually and configure Word to create an AutoRecovery file that you can find on your computer should you accidentally close Word prior to saving your document.

Recovering Auto Save Files
On your hard drive, locate your Documents folder. Next, select Microsoft User Data. Here you will find Auto Recovery files of all of your files. Select the appropriate file.

WordPerfect
Saving a document in WordPerfect is similar to saving a document in Microsoft Word.

Manually Saving
To manually save a document in WordPerfect, click the Save icon on the Standard toolbar, or select File, Save.

The Save dialog will open. Here, name your document and select the appropriate location in which to save your file. Once you are finished, click Save.

As in Microsoft Word, you can also use the Save As command. If you want to save changes to your document but maintain the original document, you will use Save As rather than Save. To use Save As, select File, Save As. The Save As dialog box will open. From here, just as when saving the document initially, name your document, select the location in which to save your new document, and click the Save button. Your document will be saved with all of your changes as a new document, while your original document will be saved as well. This is a great method for keeping track of changes made to a document, or for using a document as a sort of template.

Automatically Saving
Like Microsoft Word, WordPerfect has the ability to automatically save your documents while you are working on them. To access WordPerfect’s AutoSave feature, select Tools/Settings (Edit/Preferences in WordPerfect 7 or earlier). Double click Files. If the checkbox next to Timed Document Recovery… is unchecked, select it. Set the appropriate save interval. Once the settings are as you want, select Apply, and OK.

Recovering AutoSave Files
To recover the Auto Save files, select Tools/Settings (Edit/Preferences in WordPerfect 7 or earlier). Double click Files. Your documents will be in the Backup Folder.

I hope this information helps you save your documents. Always remember to click Save as soon as you begin a new document; this will save you from many headaches in the future.