Best Way to Create New Copies of Your Office Documents

It’s pretty common to reuse your Office documents. The way most people do this is to open the last one you used then do a “Save as…” and save it with a new name and/or in a new location.  And that works most of the time, except when you hit Save and forget to rename it losing the contents of the previous document.

There is a much better way–opening the original document as a copy.  Not only will this prevent you from accidentally overwriting an existing file; it is also a great time saver.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Click on File – Open – Recent Documents. If the document was opened recently, the filename will be displayed.
  2. Right-click on the filename and select Open a copy.

    Open a Copy

  3. Any changes that you make are saved to the copy. You can then save it at any location.
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