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Open Recent

One of the most convenient features of software programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is the “Open Recent” feature. Once you create and save a file, you can open it later by finding it under “File” and “Open Recent.”

Unless … you moved the file since you last opened it.

If you try to open a file from “Open Recent” and you get a scary-looking error message saying the file is “inaccessible,” don’t panic.

Your computer is trying to find the document in its old location and it is stumped because the file no longer lives there.

Here’s what to do:

  • Open the program in which you created the file (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Click “File” and “Open.” Your computer’s directory will open.
  • Click your way to the file in its new location. Open it.
  • Now the new location is stored in your “Open Recent” list and you can open it later from there.

Unless you move it again.