Prevent Data Loss When Saving Files Over Networks

Summary: Help ensure network downtime does not result in data loss in your Microsoft Word 2003 documents.

Do you save Microsoft Word 2003 documents over network file shares? Does the network frequently go offline, causing you to lose your changes?

You can force Microsoft Word 2003 to save a local copy of all documents saved over the network. This way, when you save the local copy, the network copy is updated. However, if the network goes down, you can still save a local copy of the file to prevent losing your changes.

BTW: This option also works for removable drives. In case you are forgetful and disconnect drives or remove rewritable CDs, ZIP disks, etc., you should not lose your changes.

1. Click “Tools”, selecting “Options”.

2. When the “Options” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the “Save” tab.

3. Check “Make local copy of files stored on network or removable drives”.

4. Click “OK” to save your changes.