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Chapter 1. Essential Office Techniques > Opening Existing Documents

Opening Existing Documents

Unless you use or refer to every document you create only once (a very unlikely occurrence), you'll need to open documents you've previously saved on disk.

To reopen a saved file

1.
Choose File > Open, click the Open icon on the Standard toolbar, or press .

2.
In the Open dialog box (Figure 1.15), navigate to the location where the file is stored.

Figure 1.15. To open an existing document, choose it in the Open dialog box.


3.
From the Open drop-down menu (Figure 1.16), choose one of the following:

  • Original. Open the original for editing.

  • Copy. Open a copy for editing, protecting the original from changes.

  • Read-Only. Open the document for viewing. If you edit the document, you can save the changes only if you use a different filename and/or location.

Figure 1.16. Although you'll usually want to work with the original document, you can elect to open a copy or open the document in read-only mode.


4.
To open the document, double-click the document's filename or select the filename and click Open.


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