One of the cardinal rules of PERRLA is to never delete a student's paper. In fact, PERRLA for Word on Mac doesn't even have the ability to delete papers from your computer, ever.
However, if you move or delete your paper PERRLA can lose its connection with your Paper, i.e. it thinks your paper is somewhere different from where it actually is.
How PERRLA keeps track of papers
On Mac computers, PERRLA for Word keeps a database of where all of your papers live on your computer. By default, all of your papers live in the My PERRLA Papers folder in your Documents folder. If you were to open the Finder and navigate to your PERRLA folder, you'd find all of your papers as Word documents.
If one of those papers is moved from where PERRLA expects it to be - it will show a red Missing Paper button beside the paper in PERRLA instead of a blue Open in Word button.
This is true whether someone has deleted the paper from the Finder or just moved it to another folder. Remember, PERRLA doesn't delete papers, so any paper would have to be moved manually.
What to do
You have two options when you see the Missing Papers button. And, each one depends on what happened to the paper. You can access both of these options by clicking the Missing Paper button.
1. Remove the Paper from PERRLA
If you have deleted the paper and no longer need it, then you can click Remove from PERRLA. This will delete the paper record from PERRLA's database. This also means you won't be able to open the paper with PERRLA for Word (Mac) unless you re-import it into PERRLA.
2. Reconnect PERRLA with the Paper
If your paper was moved to another file on your computer, then you can select Find My Paper. This will open a window where you can browse to the paper's new location, click it, and press Select. This will update PERRLA's database with the paper's new location.
Use this to remove a paper from PERRLA
You can follow this same process if you want to remove one of your old papers from PERRLA for Word (Mac) as well. Just delete the paper from Finder, then select Remove from PERRLA in the Missing Paper button in PERRLA the next time you launch it.
⚠️ A note about File/Save As in Word on Mac
Using File > Save As with an open PERRLA Paper on Mac will disconnect PERRLA from the Word paper.
If you do this, the next time you open that paper, it may look like you have lost content. However, PERRLA has instead opened the version of the paper you saved before you used File > Save As.
The paper you continued working with after using File > Save As is still available in your Finder. You can import the "new" version of the paper into PERRLA using the standard Import feature. You can then continue working on the paper like normal. However, you will have a new version of the paper listed in PERRLA.
If you need to change the name of your Word Document, use the Paper Details tab in PERRLA - not File > Save As. This will update the paper file name and keep the paper connected to PERRLA's database.