Green Bay, Wisconsin
September 13, 2017 9:02am CST
There are times when I don't mind Windows updating. Yesterday was not one of those days. I had just started working on Uncertain Future. Thankfully I didn't have a lot accomplished on it when I decided to take a shower. I was freezing in here, so decided it was time to warm up. I left the computer, without saving the manuscript, and came back to find the computer updating. When finished I went to bring back up Uncertain Future. I thought it odd that it didn't come up with the side bar that it had done an auto recovery. Instead It said Read Only across the top. Not really understanding what just happened I decided to start over from where I left off and found I could work on it. When I went to save it, I had more problems. The computer wouldn't allow me to save it under the same name unless I put it in a different location. So okay, I put it in Dropbox, where I thought it was anyway. It wasn't. It was on One Drive. So, I closed it out and what do I see? The manuscript with side bar and the auto recovery and another box that said another user had modified it. That other user was me. Now I had three copies of Uncertain Future. When I saved Uncertain Future to another location, I took off the auto recovery after the title and saved. That to my chagrin gave me four copies of Uncertain Future. I went looking at each to determine which one had the most recent additions to it and found that when I saved in one location it saved in all of them. I have four identical copies of Uncertain Future. Now, I only need one copy, so I will be deleting three of them today. Windows messed with my work. It won't be given that opportunity again. I will remember to save when I get up from the computer. Have you ever forgotten to save something and found you had a mess to contend with when you got back to what you were doing? Thanks for reading. Image courtesy of Pixabay
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Sep 17
Probably because I wasn't at my computer to tell it to wait until later, and it went ahead and did the update. I save everything, but not when I'm going to be right back to my computer within a short time. Now I'll save every time I get up if I'm working on a book.
21 Sep 17
Dear sir, what you need to do is to keep using the (control key + S) to keep on saving your work. There is also a tutorial I found long ago where it explains how one use an auto feature in MS word to keep on saving the work automatically.