Open a File

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In addition to creating new files, you can open files that you have created and saved previously in order to continue adding data or to edit existing data.

Regardless of whether you store a file in a folder on your computer’s hard drive or on a CD, you can easily access files using the Open dialog box. If you are not sure where you saved a file, you can use the Open dialog box’s Search function to locate it.

When you are finished using a file, you should close it. Closing unnecessary files and programs frees up processing power on your computer.

Open a File

  1. Click the File tab.
    A If the file you want to open is listed under Recent Documents, click it.
  2. Click Open.
    The Open dialog box appears.

    The Open dialog box appears.

  3. In the Navigation pane, click the library in which the file you want to open has been saved (here, Documents).
  4. In the file list, locate and click the folder in which the file you want to open has been saved.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click the name of the file that you want to open.
  7. Click Open.
    The file opens in the program window.

You can use the Search box in the upper right corner of the Open dialog box to locate files. Simply locate and open the folder in which you believe the file was saved and type the file’s name in the Search box.