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When your computer stops responding (freezes), you may be able to resume work by getting the application to quit, instead of restarting your computer.
Did you know that if you Force Quit or End Task with Microsoft Word or Excel, you may be able to recover your document? AutoRecover saves a copy of your document every 10 minutes by default. Do not simply go back and double click on your previous document. Instead, open Word or Excel from the Dock or a desktop shortcut. It will open the most recent "Recovered Document". You will have lost no more than 10 minutes of work.
If you can't think of which menu you need to open to find a feature in Word or Excel or Windows or even Mac OSX you can find it quickly with a: