There is one piece of advice that I can give you. I tell users a lot of things, but this is one thing that I can’t emphasize enough. If there is anything I want you to get out of my whole blog here it is this:
I don’t care what field are you in, or what kind of work you do. If you edit files (any files) using a computer, make sure you save your work as often as you can. This will save you a lot grief in the future.
You may think that this is obvious – but you would be amazed how many people fail to do this. They work on a Word document for 2-3 hours, there is a power outage, their computer crashes, or they accidentally close it without saving and have to start over. Don’t do that.
Train yourself to push Ctrl+S after every paragraph, or after every significant edit. Use the built in auto-save features. Hell, Word has a feature that will save all the previous versions of your work allowing you to revert to previous edits, merge different versions and etc.
Never wait to finish editing the file to save it – there are million things that can happen between now and then, and just about any of those things will cause you too loose some work. It is entirely up to you how much will you loose. Will it be 5 minutes, or 5 hours? You are in control here.
Save often… And keep many copies. The more copies you have, the less you have to worry about accidental deletion, hard drive failure and etc.
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