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This thank-you is to all who responded. 
I'm grateful for all of the help.
This is an active group, to judge by the number of responses that my simple (er, naïve; maybe, 
stupid as well) query received.
You are, also, an informative, spirited (er, maybe, contentious as well) group. 
Most of you realized how little I knew about LO. I still know little, though all of you have helped 
to push away, a good distance, the darkness that had engulfed me.
First: I solved the problem of putting a WordPad document into LO so that I could benefit from its 
vastly superior features. I don't know what I'd been doing incorrectly, but I now go directly to my 
desktop LO icon to work on my novel.
(By the way, at the risk of being told, again, that I don't know what I'm doing - I don't - I found 
that when backing up my desktop to an external hard drive, LO didn't copy to it as the other 
programs did; I had to back it up on its own.)  
On the main matter: There is no way, if I understand all of you, to have the program save my 
changes without my answering Yes to the question when exiting a document. 
I'd been looking for an automatic, periodic save without exiting; while autosave does that, it's 
only for the purpose of retrieving the document in case of a malfunction. (Do I have that right? 
Even having the option set to saving every five minutes is of no help if I then exit without saying 
Yes to a save. . . . And, as one poster put it, that's a good thing.
It seems that hitting control+s does do the kind of 'internal' save that I seek; I just have to 
remember to do it periodically. Thanks to the poster who recommended that. (As I say, I know so 
little about all of this.)
To the poster who said that I was wrong, that I didn't join LO because it's not a membership: Yes, 
I did. In order to take part in this forum, I had to sign up.
I'm glad that I did. Long may you all, in your various ways of using and explaining LO, reign.
Peter Pullman

Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:06:34 -0700
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] WordPad

On Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:07:53 -0700 (MST)
peterpullman <> wrote:

I tried to put the contents of a WordPad document in a file that I had
created using Libre Office.

I joined Libre because I would like to have its AutoSave function.

When I exited and then re-entered this Libre file, I saw that AutoSave
hadn't worked.

I need to clarify this.  If I am correct in reading this, the following
steps took place:

* Created file in Libreoffice; saved it in a format that Wordpad
would understand; worked on it; closed file
* Opened file in Wordpad, noted the lack of changes, maybe worked on it,
closed file

Am I correct?  If not, please outline what happened.  If I'm correct,
please note how long you worked on the file in LibreOffice.

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