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Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcut for saving a file is Ctrl+S. If you learn no other keyboard shortcuts in this class, learn this one and use it often!




Basic Computer Skills Windows XP

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12. Saving files in a program

In just about any program in Windows, you can save a file you're working on with the same method.

  1. Find the File Menu at the top left of the screen.
  2. Left-click on it once.
  3. Select Save


Save As...

  1. If your file has never been saved before, you will see a Save as... dialog box.
  2. Navigate to the location where you want to save your file. Put it somewhere logical so you can find it again.
  3. Give the file a suitable name; type this into the File Name box near the bottom.
  4. Click on the Save button.

Here's the Save as... dialog box for Photoshop:

save dialog for photoshop



  1. In Photoshop you should have two files open:
    1. A blank white image called lobster2.
    2. The blue lobster picture called lobster.jpg
  2. Move the two windows so they are side-by-side. We're going to copy the lobster over.
  3. Press the V key. This gives us the Move tool.
  4. Click and drag the lobster image over to the blank white image.

lobster copy


  1. Now let's save your new file. Click in the title bar for lobster2. This makes sure you're dealing with the right file.
  2. Go to the File menu.
  3. Select Save.
  4. Save the file on the desktop. You can use the file name lobster2.psd that is suggested.


Once you've begun a new file, save it often! I can't count how many times students have had to recreate work because the computer crashed and they hadn't saved their file in 30 minutes.


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