maybe a noob question but when I try to save a report it doesn't appear in the list on the left of the Orion Report Writer
If it was a custom created report, I don't believe it will appear in the "Report Writer" sub-section. You can select the sub-section "All" and then in the navigation pane, click on the header "Report Title" to sort it alphabetically. Look for the name you gave your report and it should be there. If I'm misunderstanding what you're talking about, please let me know.