Open an Existing File

Learn all about opening files in Office 2003 in this free lesson.

Opening an existing file using the task pane

To open an existing file using the task pane:

  • Open an Office 2003 program (excluding Outlook 2003).
  • Open the Task Pane by choosing ViewToolbarsTask Pane from the menu bar.
  • The New Task Pane opens on the right side of your screen.
  • Single-click the file name you want to open.
  • The file opens.
  • If you don't see the file you want to open listed, click More...
  • The Open dialog box opens.
  • Look for your file using the Open dialog box.

Word 2003's New Task Pane