STEP 1Save the file to your computer or removable storage device (flash drive). Make sure you save the file to the directory (folder) that you really want the file in. Create folders for each course to help organize your materials. Avoid saving everything to a generic Documents location or to (*gasp*) the Desktop (unless this is just a temporary save on a public or college computer).
Save a Google Drive DocumentGoogle documents are typically saved in the cloud. So it is necessary to save them to your computer before moving to step 2. Open the Google document and click the File menu. Choose Download as... Microsoft Word (.docx) (unless your instructor has specifically requested another file type). Make sure to then choose the specific directory (folder) for your file so you can locate it later on your computer in step 2.
Save a Word FileIf you've just typed up your document in Word, you still need to save it first in order to submit the file. Click the File menu on the Ribbon and choose "Save as..." Again, be sure to choose the appropriate directory (folder) for your file so you know where to find it in step 2. Also be sure to give your file a specific name, consider including part of the assignment title, your name, and draft number in the title. Avoid all punctuation in titles - use only numbers and letters.
Save a Pages FileMac OSX users might be familiar with the word processing program Pages. If you save and submit a .pages file to your instructor, they might have difficulty opening your file. For this reason, save your file as a DOCX or RTF file from within the Pages program. Click the File menu inside Pages, choose Export to > Word... Click the Next button, choose the appropriate directory and save.
(A video for step 1)