As you work with a file, everything you do is stored in only one place: random access memory or RAM. The contents of RAM are a lot like the light in a lightbulb—as soon as you turn it off or pull the plug, it's gone. Your hard disk or a networked disk provide a much more permanent type of storage area.
You use the Save command to copy the workbook file in RAM to disk. This part of the chapter explains how.
To save a workbook file for the first time
- Choose Office > Save (Figure 37), press , or click the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar.
- The Save As dialog appears. If necessary, click the Browse Folders button at the bottom of the dialog to expand it so it looks like Figure 48.
Figure 48 The Save As dialog.
- Use the Save As dialog to navigate to the folder (and disk, if necessary) in which you want to save the file.
- Enter a name for the file in the File name box.
- Click Save. The file is saved to disk. Its name appears in the window's title bar (Figure 49).
Figure 49 The file's name appears in the title bar, along with a tiny Excel workbook file icon.
To save changes to a file
Choose Office > Save (Figure 37), press , or click the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar.
The file is saved with the same name in the same location on disk.