How to Transfer Word Documents to a USB Flash Drive


USB flash drives can be used to store a wide variety of data, from music to photographs.  Word documents and PDF files also fit comfortably on a USB flash drive, and because of the tiny amount of space taken up by these files relative to the capacity of a custom USB drive, it’s possible to save an enormous number of documents.  Saving word files to a flash drive is a simple process:

  • Plug the flash drive into the proper place—this will be a horizontal, rectangular USB slot.
  • Make a new folder on the desktop (by right-clicking and selecting New, then Folder).
  • Drag your word documents to the new folder.
  • Now go find the flash drive directory.  This can be accomplished by clicking Start, then Computer.
  • Drag the entire folder you just created onto the flash drive directory.  Wait until the process is completed (never take out a flash drive while files are being copied!).

If you have only a few documents to transfer, then there’s no need to create a new folder—that step is intended to make it easier to deal with large numbers of files.  Alternatively, you can also save a file directly to the USB flash drive:  simply open the file and use the Save As function to copy it.

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  • Greg Sachs