Difference Save and Save As?



Q:  What’s the difference between Save and Save As?

A: I get this one often, so here you go:

When you use the Save command, you save your work under its current file name. If you’ve never saved whatever it is you’re working on before, then you get an opportunity to name it.

When you use Save As, you get a chance to save what you’re working on as a new file with a new file name.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re working on a word processing document. It’s a new document and you decide to save it. A box comes up that lets you give it a name. Now, let’s say you add something to it. If you use the Save command again, it simply saves it with no questions asked under the existing file name.

OK, now let’s say you make a modification to the file, but you want to keep the original version as well. This is where you use Save As. When you use the Save As command, it allows you to save your current file as a new file with a new name. Now when you go to open your files, you’ll find you have both the original version and the new, Saved As version.

So simply put, when using Save or Save As:

Will you be overwriting a previous copy of the file?

If you have opened a file, edited it, and now want to update the original with this edited version simply press save. This is overwriting the original version of the file and keeping the same file name.

Do you need to keep the original copy unchanged?

If you have opened a file, edited it, and now want to keep both the original and the new edited version with a new file name, use save as.