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Geek Tip: Was Your Mac Doc Saved Or Not Saved?

How great was last week's geek tip that explained how to find your last edit spot in Word? Well here's another document saving tid-bit, which is just as amazing. Next time you are working on a document in a Mac application, you'll be able to know whether your doc has been saved or not.
Not Saved:
Take a close look at the red button used to close a window in the upper left hand corner of your application. When the red button has a dark red dot in the middle of it, it means that your doc has not been saved.

Whereas when it is a lighter color and has been saved (either by you or an automatic saving feature), the red dot will be a lighter red with no dot. It's so simple, but so great!

Thanks to the Mac Tip Blog for this very helpful hint.

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c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
this is great! thanks! :D
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
Genius, pure and simple. Why didn't I know that before?
millarci millarci 9 years
Oh wow I forgot about the application icon becoming slightly opaque. I guess I never think about it anymore. It's second nature. I love macintoshs! ;)
mediafreak mediafreak 9 years
coooool thanx!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I knew about the red dot but not the changing icon posted by oli02. I went into Word to test out the icon thing and you've got to have a really good eye with that one! I would imagine there are some others apps where the change might be more apparent. Awesome post though!
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
i was always confused by the dots on the macs in college, good to know!
millarci millarci 9 years
I've known about the 'red dot' ever since I got a mac. It's extremely useful. I never have to think if I saved or not. All I do is look at the red dot. Just another reason to love a mac! ;)
katie10 katie10 9 years
That's pretty useful! During those rare times when I'm using someone else's Mac (seeing as how I've yet to get one, myself) this will come in handy. :]
oli02 oli02 9 years
What I usually do is look at the application icon that's in the middle of the top window bar. If it appears in full color, the document has been saved; but if the icon appears to be slightly opaque, it hasn't. And thanks for posting the red dot tip --- it's always good to know more than one way of doing things! :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
oh wow! thats so helpful! thanks for posting - i usually save 3 times just to be sure, but now i can just look at the little red dot.
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