What is the difference between Save and Save As?

Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope

A floppy disk.In many situations, you may need to save a file. Whether you are creating a web page in Dreamweaver or typing a school paper in Microsoft Word, the save function is a handy way to make sure you don't lose your work. Even though they have very similar names, "Save" and "Save As" have a few subtle differences in certain instances. The sections below provide details about both options.

New work or documents

In most programs that create files, the Save and Save As functions work identically on the initial save. That is, when you select either option for the first time, the program will prompt you to name the file, and then choose its format and the location in which you want to save it.

Existing work or documents

With existing work (work that has already been named and saved at least once) these two functions behave differently. Save, updates your work by replacing the last version with what you currently see on your screen. The Save As function provides users with the ability to rename a file, change its extension, or create a new version (a new file exclusive with the previous save).

Downloading files

Save As is a function which is sometimes referred to with different text. For example, when you right-click on a particular file, hyperlink, or image on the Internet or in an e-mail, you may see options like Download As, Save As, or Save Link As. Though the wording is somewhat different, the functionality remains virtually the same. The basic Save function is not used with downloads.

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