Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Figure 24-1: Change file types in the Open dialog box.
By choosing a specific file format, you direct Word to narrow the number of files displayed in the
Open dialog box. Only files matching the specific file format are shown.
If you don’t know the format, choose All Files from the drop-down list. Word then
makes its best guess.
5. Choose the file from the list.
Or work the controls in the dialog box to find another storage media or folder that contains the
file. Chapter 8 explains in detail how it works.
6. Click the Open button.
The alien file appears onscreen, ready for editing, just like any other Word document.
Well, the document may not be perfect. It may not even open. But be prepared to fix things or do
some tidying up. Word tries its best.
For some document types, Word may display a special file-conversion dialog box that lets you
preview the document. Generally speaking, clicking the OK button in this step is your best bet.
The Recover Text from Any File option is useful for peering into unknown file formats,
especially from antique and obscure word processing file formats.
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