Once you’ve saved a document, you may want to access it again to make changes or print it out. This guide explains how to open a saved document in Microsoft Word 2010. Some steps may be different in earlier versions of Word, but similar in concept.

You’ll need:

  • A computer with Microsoft Word installed

Follow this step-by-step instructions to open a saved document

Step 1: If you already have Microsoft Word opened, click File in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Microsoft word file

Some versions of Word may have an ‘Office’ button in the same place. Click on this to bring up the menu to continue.

Office button

Step 2: Click Open.

Microsoft word open

Step 3: An ‘Open’ dialogue box will pop up. From this, find your way to the folder in which your document is saved. Folders are shown down the left-hand side of the dialogue box.

Open dialogue box

Step 4: Once you’ve located your document and clicked on it to select it, its name will be shown in the ‘File name’ box at the bottom of the dialogue box.

File name box

Step 5: Click Open.

Open file

The document will then be opened.

Step 6: You can also open a document by navigating through the ‘Start’ menu. Click Start. From the menu that now appears, choose Documents. Navigate to find the document you’re looking for through your folders and files. Double-click on the name of the document you want to open.


Karen Maxwell is a Digital Unite tutor and assessor/trainer of computer accessibility.