Where does Microsoft Word save a document if all you ask it to do is save it? I forgot to use “Save As,” and now I can’t find the saved document.
It depends. If no destination location is selected — in other words, if the “Save In” field is blank, the default is usually Documents or My Documents, but that can vary, depending how Word was configured originally. You can check the default location by going to Tools > Options > File Locations and see what it shows as far as the default location for Documents. (You can also use Word’s Help to search for “File Locations.”)
Without a specific location designated in the Save In field, often the destination selected for a previous document will appear, in which case the document will be saved to that same location. Since you are saving an existing document with the same name (as opposed to using Save As and providing a different name), you will be overwriting the existing document with your newly saved document, so it should reside in the same location as the “original” document.
If you can’t locate a saved document, run a Windows Search via Start > Search > For Files and Folders and you will be able to find it, as long as you can remember either the name of the file or a specific word or phrase within the document itself.
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I’m still using Windows Vista, and even though it’s old, it works well, so I’m planning to keep using it. My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be and some of the special effects like the 3-D Desktop and Aero interface make it more difficult to see than it should be. Can I disable some of this fancy stuff?
My aging peepers aren’t the best either, so I’m not a big fan of the graphical pizazz (it’s a technical term) that some programs provide for the benefit of 20-something-year-old eyes. In the case of Vista, its 3-D Desktop and Aero interface represented significant improvements over previous technologies, but not every feature is to die for. To control your own visual experience, right-click Computer > Properties.
On the System Properties screen, under “Tasks,” click Advanced system settings. On the Advanced tab, in the Performance section, click the Settings button. On the Visual Effects tab you can choose to “Adjust for Best Appearance,” “Adjust for Best Performance,” “Let Windows choose what’s best,” or you can select Custom, make your own selections, and fine-tune it as you wish.
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