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Your company file is the electronic file where QuickBooks keeps your company's financial life story: company name and address, federal tax ID, customers, vendors, employees, financial transactions and more. If you work on only one QuickBooks company file, opening that file is easy. Do it once and from then on, QuickBooks opens the file for you whenever you launch the program. But if you work on several company files or need to reopen your file for some reason, QuickBooks has no shortage of methods for opening a file.
If you worked on the file recently, the File menu is the best place to start. Point to Open Previous Company and then choose the company file from the submenu. If the file isn't on the Previous Company's submenu, don't worry. On the File menu, choose Open or Restore Company instead. Select the Open a company file option and click Next. The Open a company dialog box is like every other Open File dialog box you've used.
Go to the folder that holds the file you want to open. The program automatically selects the file type for you. Click a file name in the list and then click Open. But what if no file is open? In that case, you see the No Company Open screen. You can still choose Open or Restore Company from the File menu or you can click Open or restore an existing company in the No Company Open screen.
Even easier, if the file you want appears in the list, select it and then click Open. Now, whether you work on one company file or several, you know how to open any company file you want.
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