Choose file. Save. Repeat.

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You can store, access and share files several ways. USB drives and e-mail are among the most common. The following tips can help you effectively save and update your work.

Effective USB Drives

Some USB drives feature authentication schemes. These schemes often require software to be installed on computers before users can access their data. These drives don’t work in labs or classrooms because you can’t install software on Wingate University computers.

In the Library Lab, the ports on monitors do not read all jump drives. If you have trouble accessing files, plug your drive into the port on the computer itself.

Using E-mail to Store and Share Files

You can send files to yourself and others using your E-mail account. Open a new E-mail message and click the “Attach a File” link located under the subject line. Choose one or more files from your hard drive. Each message can have up to 25 megabytes in attachments. When the files have finished loading, you can send the E-mail.

For security reasons, you cannot attach .exe or .zip files to Wingate University e-mail.

Sometimes students or faculty open an e-mail attachment, make changes and save. Then they close the browser window and discover their work is gone. We don’t want this to happen to you.

If you just open the attachment, the program operates inside the Internet browser. This means the document is a temporary Internet file. When you close the window, that file and all your changes disappear even if you saved your work.

Instead, when you click on the attachment, choose Save rather than Open. You can save the document to your network or USB drive. The file in that location is updated when you make changes.