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Chapter 12. Opening Applications & Docum... > Opening a Document in a Different Ap...

Opening a Document in a Different Application

Now, just because you have an icon representing a document you or someone else created in a certain software application doesn’t mean you can open up that document on any computer. Clicking on a document icon will only open it IF the application itself is also in the computer, either on the hard disk, on another disk that is inserted into one of the drives, or if it’s accessible on a network. If the application can’t be found, then the document doesn’t have anywhere to put itself! Generally, you must have the same version of the application (see page 180) as the one in which it was created.

Sometimes, however, certain applications can open certain documents that were created in other applications. And sometimes you want to open a document in a different application; for instance, perhaps you want to open a photograph in Photoshop instead of Preview, but when you double-click the photograph icon, it automatically opens in Preview. And sometimes the document is from an earlier version of the application, and the new version really can open it. In any of these situations, first try the drag-and-drop technique explained on the previous page. If that doesn’t work, then try the suggestion below. For a more permanent solution, see page 478.


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