By Andy Rathbone

You open a document, or file, to make changes to or print the document. When you are finished with your work, you close the document. Follow these steps to open and close a document:

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1Click the word File on any program’s menu bar, that row of words along the program’s top.

No menu bar? Press Alt to reveal it.

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2When the File menu drops down, click Open.

Windows shows you the Open window, usually with several documents available.

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3Point at your desired document, and double-click it to open it.

The program opens the file and displays it on the screen.

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4When you are finished working with the file, click the red X in the upper-right corner.

This closes the file.