How to save Word document on Mac
When you save a document for the first time, you name it and specify where you want it saved — on a hard disk, on a desktop, or in a folder on a Mac computer.
What to Know
- Select the “File” menu and click “Save” to save a document for the first time.
- To quickly save a Word document on a Mac, press Command + S shortcut keys.
Saving your document is essential in the writing process, whether creating a report, writing a letter, or making a resume.
In this guide, I will show you how to Save a Word document on Mac in just a few clicks.
How to Save a Word document on a Mac
There are different ways of saving a Word document on a Mac. But the two best and easiest methods are a File Menu option and keyboard shortcut keys.
You will learn both methods in this article by following the steps below.
Let’s get started.
Method 1: Use the File Menu to save your document
Inside Word, click the “File” menu option at the top of your screen.
Select Save from the File menu. A dialog box will open.
Type a name for your document into the “Name” field.
Then, click the “Where” drop-down and choose a location where you want to save the file, such as Desktop, Folder, or iCloud.
Tip: You can save a Word doc to desktop on Mac by choosing the Desktop option from the “Where” drop-down.
Make sure in the “File Format” field, Word Document (*.docx) is selected. It is the default file format of a Word document in Word for Mac.
Select Save to confirm and save the file on the Mac computer.
Tip: If you want to save changes you made to an existing Word document. Use the Command + S shortcut keys on your keyboard.
Method 2: Use keyboard shortcut keys to save your document
Press the Command ⌘ + S shortcut keys on your keyboard. It opens a Save file menu.
In the Name box, enter a name for your document.
Click the “Where” drop-down menu and select a location to save the file on the Mac computer.
Also, make sure the “File Format” box says Word Document (*.docx). It is the default file type of a Word document on a Mac.
Tip: Next time, Word for Mac will save your document as you work on it.
Warning: If you do not save your document before closing Microsoft Word, you risk losing it or any changes you made to an existing one.
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Launch your Word document, and select the File menu from the top left. Click the Save As option. Name your document and click Where drop-down. In the location field, locate and select the Desktop option. Then click Save.
The keyboard shortcut for saving a file in Word is Ctrl + S (Windows) or Command + S (Mac).