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How to Save a Word Document to a Memory Stick

Updated February 21, 2017

A memory stick, a small electronic device that holds documents, images and audio/video, may go by other aliases such as USB drive, thumb drive, flash drive or memory drive, but its purpose remains the same--to hold, secure and at times transport information. When you’ve created a Microsoft Word document to take to a presentation or show off at a friend’s home, saving the information to your memory stick is a quick and portable way to keep your work close at hand.

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  1. Open Microsoft Word, click “File” and select “Open.” Browse to the document to save to the memory stick and double-click the file so it is open on your Word workspace.

  2. Insert your memory stick into a USB port on your computer. Take care to insert it in the correct direction; do not shove or press it if it does not seem to fit.

  3. Review your computer’s screen for an “AutoPlay” or “New Device Found” window. This alerts you that your computer has recognised the memory stick and it is ready to receive documents. Minimise any of these windows, but do not close them.

  4. Click back to Word, click the “File” menu and select “Save As.”

  5. Scroll through the save destinations to find your memory stick. It may be called “USB Drive.” If you personalised the memory stick with a name on the hardware itself, such as “Max’s Memory Drive,” look for that in the listing.

  6. Click once on the drive to highlight it, then click the “Save” button to save the Word document onto the drive.

  7. Re-open the “AutoPlay” window (where applicable) and click the “Open folder to view files” link. Check to ensure your Word document has been saved onto the memory stick.

  8. Click your computer’s “Safely Remove Hardware” icon, which is probably in the lower right corner of your systray or task bar. Follow the prompts to safely remove your memory stick.

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About the Author

Filonia LeChat

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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