Next time you’re working with a document that can be saved (i.e. e-mail, word document, photoshop image), take a look in the upper left hand corner of the window. As usual, you’ll see these red, yellow, and green buttons:
You probably already know that red closes, yellow minimizes, and green resizes – or zooms or maximizes, depending on the program.
What you may not have noticed is the red dot will contain a smaller black dot when the document you’re editing can be saved:
Moral of the story: when you see the dot, SAVE YOUR WORK!
Many of my clients tell me that when a program freezes they hold down the power button and shut down their computer. Even worse, one client told me she pulls the power cable out of the back of her computer (btw, NEVER DO THIS!).
If you don’t know what to do when an application freezes, you risk damaging your hard drive and potentially loosing ALL your data. Here are several things to try before force-shutting down: