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Chapter 3. Startup > Opening files

Opening files

Follow these instructions to open an Illustrator file. Follow the instructions on page 249 to open a non-Illustrator file in Illustrator.

To open a file from within Illustrator:

1.
Choose File > Open (Cmd-O/Ctrl-O).

2.
Mac OS: Check Show Preview to display a thumbnail of the illustration (the file must contain a preview that Illustrator displays and QuickTime must be installed).

3.
Mac OS: Choose Show: All Readable Documents to list only files in the formats Illustrator can read.

Windows: Choose Files of Type: All Formats.

4.
Locate and highlight a file name , then click Open or double-click a file name. Note: If you get an alert dialog box about a linked file, see page 251.

Figure 2. The Open dialog box in Mac OSX


Figure 3. The Open dialog box in Windows



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