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An “Open” Dialog Box

Finding your way around an “Open” dialog box is called “navigating.” It’s one of the most important skills you can learn, and you’ll need this skill in other dialog boxes, like when you save documents or when you import or export text. Try to take the time to understand and absorb what each part of the dialog box is telling you. (Skip the opposite page until you need it.)


The name in the From menu is the specific folder or disk that contains the files you see in the directory (lists) below. In this example, the “From” menu (A) says you can open a file from the Documents folder. The Documents folder is selected in the left column (B), and the contents of the Documents folder are listed in the right column (C). At the moment, then, you can open any document stored in that Documents folder—just double-click on the file name in the right column. The documents that appear in black (as opposed to gray) in this list are documents that the current application can open. (The folders are always black because you can always open them to find more documents.) Single-click any name to select that file, as shown below. Double-click the name to open the file, which will place that document on your screen. If you single-click on a document name, that column slides over to the left, and in the new column on the far right you’ll see a preview of the selected document. Use the horizontal scroller to go back to a previous column, just as you would in a window in Column View. Click Cancel to take you back to where you were before you chose “Open” from the File menu. Click Open to open the selected file; or double-click directly on the file name in the list. These are some of the different file formats that AppleWorks can “read,” or open. You don’t have to know what all these are—I don’t. Just try to find one that sounds or looks like the file you’re trying to open.



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