Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Opening an Existing File
middle list shown in Figure 4.8. If you have installed the SkyDrive for Windows
client application in Windows, that process sets up SkyDrive folders on your system
that automatically sync with your SkyDrive storage in the cloud, so you can
access those ﬁ les from another computer or device if needed. Chapter 39, “Collaborating
in the Cloud with SkyDrive,” will show you how to set up and use SkyDrive. You can
jump ahead to that chapter if you want to use SkyDrive in the near future.
As mentioned in Chapter 2, if you’ve downloaded a Word i le directly from the web, the Open list of places also
includes an Other Web Locations choice. Click it to see websites from which you’ve downloaded i les listed as Recent
Folders at the right. If clicking a folder doesn’t reconnect with the website as expected, right-click a choice and click
Copy path to clipboard. You can then paste the path into your web browser’s address bar and press Enter to return to
the site from which you downloaded the i le.
For now, use these steps to open a ﬁ le that’s not on the Recent ﬁ les list:
1. From the Word Start screen, click Open Other Documents; within Word, select
2. Under Recent Folders, click My Documents, Desktop, or the Browse button.
All three choices display the Open dialog box, the difference being that both My
Documents and Browse initially show the Documents library, whereas Desktop
shows your user Desktop folder.
3. Navigate to the desired folder using the Navigation pane at the left side of the
Open dialog box or by double-clicking subfolder icons in the list of ﬁ les. In the
Navigation pane, double-click a higher-level location such as Computer or Network
to open its tree, and then navigate down through the tree by clicking the white
triangles that appear beside computer, disk, and folder names to open those locations.
Click the folder or subfolder that holds the ﬁ le to open when you see it in the tree.
4. Click the name of the ﬁ le to open in the main ﬁ le list, and then click the Open
button. Or simply double-click the ﬁ le name when you see it.
You can still directly open a Word i le by double-clicking it in a File Explorer (Windows 8) or Windows Explorer
(Windows 7) window on the desktop. Use the Search box in the upper-right corner of a folder window in either
operating system to search for a i le. In Windows 8, you also can point to a right screen corner, click the Search charm,
click Files in the right pane, and then type a i le to search for in the text box under Search; if the desired i le name
appears, click it.