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Chapter 4.  Working with Files > Opening Existing Files

Opening Existing Files

Once a file has been saved on disk, you can reopen it to read it, modify it, or print it.

To open an existing file

1.
Choose File > Open (Figure 34) or press .

or

Click the Open button on the Standard toolbar.

2.
Use the Open dialog box that appears (Figure 55) to locate the file that you want to open:

Figure 55. The Open dialog box.


  • Use the directory pop-up menu near the top of the dialog box (Figure 56) to back out of the current folder.

    Figure 56. Use the directory pop-up menu to back out of the current folder.


  • Double-click a folder to open it.

3.
Select the file that you want to open and click the Open button.

or

Double-click the file that you want to open.

Tip

To view only specific types of files in the Open dialog box, select a format from the Show pop-up menu at the bottom of the dialog box (Figure 57).

Figure 57. You can narrow down or expand the list of files shown by choosing an option from the Show pop-up menu.



Tip

If you select All Readable Documents from the Show pop-up menu (Figure 57), you can open just about any kind of file. Be aware, however, that a file in an incompatible format may not appear the way you expect when opened.


Tip

Use the Find File button in the Open dialog box to search for a file based on criteria you specify.


Tip

You can open a recent file by selecting it from the list of recently opened files at the bottom of the File menu (Figure 34).


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