Always have a backup. That's up there with wear your seatbelt, eat your vegetables, and always have cab fare on a first date.
OpenOffice.org has a backup system that lets you create a backup copy of your documents, anywhere you want. Not a bad idea, eh? Here's how you do it.
1. Choose Tools > Options > Load/Save > General.
Mark the checkbox for always making a backup.
2. In the same big window, open the OpenOffice.org category. Click the Paths option and select the Backups item. This is where the backups will be created. If that's fine, leave it as is.
If you want the backups elsewhere, click Edit, specify the new location, and click OK.
3. Click OK to save all the changes you made in the settings window.
For every new document you create, then each time you edit that document, a backup of the previous version will be created. Your backups will be created with a BAK extension in the location you specify.