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Opening an Existing Document

If you have a document that you have already been working on, you can open it from Word.

You can do so in three ways:

  • Click the Office Button > Open
  • Click the Open button (if it has been added to the Quick Access Toolbar)Open button
  • Press Ctrl + O

The Open dialogue box will appear. Navigate to the location of the saved document using either the Look in list at the top or the shortcuts on the left, select the document and click Open.

Open dialogue box

If the document you are looking for was used recently, it can be opened by clicking the Office Button and selecting it from the list of recent documents.

Recent documents in the Office button menu

If the opened document was saved as a 97-2003 document, [Compatibility Mode] will appear in the Title Bar. Although using Word 2007, compatibility mode tells you that not all the new Word 2007 features are available for use, unless the document is saved under the new file format.

Compatibility Mode displayed in the Title Bar

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