Don’t let this happen to you!
Every year at the Tech Desk, we see this scenario:
- student is writing a paper, needs to finish in the library, emails it to themself
- student opens the paper in Internet Explorer and starts typing away . . .
- student happily types for 10 hours, dutifully saving away, turning a 1 page paper into a nearly finished 10-pager . . .
- something happens and the computer freezes . . .
And the paper is gone forever! It’s not recoverable! It was just a temporary internet file, and a restart wipes the cache clean!
It’s easy to prevent this using any of these simple processes:
- Email the paper to yourself, and when you first open it, click File>Save As and save it to your private space! Now you’re working on a copy that’s stored in a network location that’s secure and backed up.
- Work on the paper in Google Docs – your Google Doc is accessible from everywhere and it’s constantly being saved.
Good luck on finals –