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How to Open a Document in MS Word?

  • Last Updated : 06 Jun, 2021
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Microsoft Word or MS-Word is a Fantastic word processing program that has many features, and it is very user-friendly and interactive for the user. It allows the user to create documents such as letters, articles, etc. It is easy to work with because of the vast features provided by MS-Word.

Opening the Document

Opening a document is very basic, and it is a kind of the first step for a user to start with MS Word. It is obvious that to make any document or to modify any document, We have to open that document first. So, in this article, we will learn how to open a document in MS Word.

For this, we will learn step by step the whole process of opening a document with the help of sample images and also necessary instruction:

Method 1: Opening Default Document

When we open MS-Word, we find that a blank page with a default name (“Document1” generally) is opened. 

Step 1: First Open MS-Word on your PC.



Step 2: By default, a new document with a blank page is already opened and the screen looks like the below image.

Method 2: Opening a document of your choice

We use MS-Word to create different types of documents. So, a situation may come where we need to open a document i.e. already existed, and we need to modify that document. So, for this follow the steps below:

Step 1: First Open MS-Word on your PC. So, the screen looks like the below image:

Step 2: Now, above there is a tab called “File”(Shown in the image below).

Step 3: Now, Click on the “File” tab and the file tab will open and looks like the below image.



Step 4: Now, on the left-hand side of the page or screen there are many options. Select “Open” to open a document of your choice.

Step 5: Now, open the document of your choice, by double-clicking on the file of your choice.

Step 6: Now, the opened document will look something like the below image.

Step 7: You have successfully opened the document of your choice.

Method 3: Opening a New document

This is a condition or situation when a user is already working in MS-Word and wants a new document. So, let us see how it can be done step by step:

Step 1: First open MS-Word on your PC.

Step 2: Now, Open the document in which you would work.(like in the below image)



Step 3: Now, You want to open a fresh new document to work in.

Step 4: Now, above there is a tab called “File“(Shown in the image below).

Step 5: Now, Click on the “File” tab and the file tab will open and looks like the below image.

Step 6: Now, on the left-hand side of the page or screen there are many options. Select “New” to open a fresh new document.

Step 7: Now, After clicking on “New“. Select a Template from “available Template” option. (marked in the image below)  

Step 8: After selecting a template (in this example blank is selected). Click on the “create” option, which is present on the right side of the screen.

Step 9: You have successfully created the new document or opened a new document.

So, in all these ways we can open a document in MS-Word.

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