How to open MS Word

Now we will talk about how to open a previously saved document. If you have already closed Microsoft Word or just turned off the computer for a while, then the document must be opened again to continue working with it.

If you have Word 2007, then you need to click the round office button in the upper left corner of Microsoft Word, and in Word 2010, click on the File tab in the upper left corner of Word.

If after doing this you see your file appear under the heading Recent Documents, then you can click on it right here to open it. However, if it is not in the list, then select Open from the menu.

A dialog box will appear. How it looks can be seen in the figure below.

The dialog box that opens is very reminiscent of the already familiar Save As dialog box. Note that the File name field is blank. If your document is not visible in the “Documents” section of the Library, then click in the field where it says All Word documents. Then you will see a dropdown list of all file types that can be opened with Microsoft Word.

This is roughly the same list that you saw earlier in the Save As dialog box in the Save as type box. Thus, if your file has not been shown previously, do not forget to check its presence in this list.

In this case, the File name field remains empty, because the file was not selected. The file we need is searched for among the files in this drop-down list. When it is found, you need to click on it with the left mouse button, then our file will be selected.

We see that the file we are looking for is displayed in the picture above. If it is not displayed, then you can go to the top of the dialog box and try to search for the file in other folders. Click on Documents to view another drop-down list.

The list displays all the folders contained in the Documents folder. Select any folder by clicking on it to get inside.


You can view other fields of the dialog box, for example, by clicking on the double arrows to the left of the Documents entry (see the figure above), as a result, you will again receive a new drop-down list.

Again, if you click on any item from the list, you will be taken inside a new folder and get a new list of documents. Try this and you will see how the appearance of the dialog box changes again. You can go back in two ways. The first is to use the dropdowns previously. The second is to click on the arrow button immediately to the left of the list.

Pressing one of the arrows located directly below the word Open will take you back one folder or forward. If you are completely lost, then click the Cancel button located at the bottom of the open dialog box, and then start again.

To select a file from the list, click on it once with the left mouse button. Its name will appear in the File name box at the bottom of the dialog box. Once this has happened, click the Open button.

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