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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 47), press , or click the Open button on the Standard toolbar.

2.
Use the Open dialog that appears (Figure 57) to locate the file that you want to open:

Figure 57. The Open dialog.


  • Use the From pop-up menu (Figure 52) to select a different location.

  • 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.

Tips

  • To view only specific types of files in the Open dialog, select a format from the Show pop-up menu (Figure 58).

    Figure 58. You can narrow down or expand the list of files shown by choosing an option from the Show pop-up menu.

  • If you select All Readable Documents from the Show pop-up menu (Figure 58), 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.

  • You can use the Find File button in the Open dialog to search for a file based on criteria you specify.

  • To open a copy of a file rather than the original, choose Copy from the Open pop-up menu (Figure 59).

    Figure 59. You can open a copy of a document rather than the original by choosing Copy from the Open pop-up menu.

  • To add a folder to your Favorite Places list, select it in the Open dialog (Figure 57) and click the Add to Favorites button.


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