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Chapter 5. Saving, Opening, Printing, an... > Opening an Existing Document - Pg. 56

Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore 56 However, most full-featured Windows programs let you open as many documents as you want (subject to the usual memory limitations that govern all computer work). In this case, each open document appears inside its own window--called a document window, not surprisingly. These document windows have their own versions of the Minimize, Maximize, Restore, and Close buttons. Also, the name of each document appears on the program's Window menu, which you can use to switch from one document to another. Because things can get crowded pretty fast, though, you probably want to close any documents you don't need at the moment. To do this, activate the document you want to close and select the File, Close command, or click the document window's Close button. If you made changes to the docu- ment since last saving it, a dialog box appears asking whether you want to save those changes. Click Yes to save, No to discard the changes, or Cancel to leave the document open. In most programs that support multiple open documents, you also can close the current document by press- ing Ctrl+F4. Opening an Existing Document After you've saved a document or two, you often need to get one of them back onscreen to make changes or review your handiwork. To do that, you need to open the document by using any of the following techniques: · Use the Open dialog box--Select the program's File, Open command. (Alternatively, slam Ctrl +O or click the Open toolbar button, shown in Figure 5.1.) The Open dialog box that appears is similar to the Save As dialog box you messed with earlier. Find the document you want to open, highlight it, and then click Open. · Use the My Documents folder--If you're using the My Documents folder to store your stuff, you