Open an Existing File

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

The Open dialog box

Use the Open dialog box to find the file you want to open. Use the buttons along the left side of the dialog box or the Look in drop-down box to navigate to where your existing file is located. Use the arrow buttons to move between levels of folders.

Word 2002's Open dialog box

When you've located the file you want to open:
  • Single-click the file icon and click the Open button. Open button
  • The file opens.

OR

  • Double-click the file icon.
  • The file opens.

Word 2002's Open dialog box