I would like to know if I can save one or two paragraphs from a document to a thumb drive without saving the whole document?
To save text to another drive — and it doesn’t matter if it’s a thumb drive or any other type of drive — you first have to save the excerpted text as a file, then copy the file to the drive. To do that, first select (highlight) the text you would like to save, right-click and select Copy.
Go to your word-processing program, or you can use WordPad (under Programs > Accessories > WordPad). Click once to place your cursor in the new document, right-click and select Paste. The text you copied will pop right onto the page. Click File > Save As, and save this excerpted text as a file. You will be prompted to give the file a name and you can save it anywhere you wish, including to your Desktop.
Once it is saved, copy it to your thumb drive. To do this, right-click the file you just saved, select Copy, then go to your thumb drive by opening My Computer, right-click the thumb drive’s icon and select Paste. The file containing your document excerpt will be copied to your thumb drive.
I had a problem with my printer and you recommended checking the HP website for updated drivers. That fixed the problem, so thank you for that. Is there any schedule that I should follow as far as checking for updated drivers? Is that something I should do on a regular basis?
A driver is a small program that controls a device. Every device (printers, disk drives, keyboards) have drivers, though in some cases — keyboard drivers, for example — they are generally bundled with Windows.
When it comes to drivers, I’m a big believer in the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While updating drivers can be beneficial, doing so can also cause problems. For that reason I would not recommend updating a driver unless a device stops working or some other problem arises that cannot otherwise be resolved.
Also, if you’re installing an older device on a new system, visit the device’s website and check for new drivers. If you change operating systems, and a device that previously worked fine suddenly has problems, that’s a good reason to check for updated drivers.
In addition, if you install a new device and it is not working properly, I would check with the manufacturer’s website and install the latest drivers. It can happen that a new device will have outdated drivers right out of the box (or download).
As a matter of routine, periodic maintenance, however, I do not recommend updating drivers.
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