After you have located the project file you want to open, select it and then use one of the following three methods to open the file:
• Double-click the file.
• Right-click and select Open from the shortcut menu.
• Click the Open button on the Open toolbar.
Opening a File as Read-Only By opening a file as read-only, you protect the original from any changes you make to the project. If you decide to save the file with the changes, Project forces you to give the read-only file a new name.
To open a file as read-only, follow these steps in the Open dialog box:
1. Select the file you want to open.
2. Click the down arrow on the Open button and choose Open as Read-Only.
Opening Copy Sometimes, you may want to open a file as a copy rather than working on the original (if you want to create a new project based on a previous project plan, for example).
To open a file as a copy from the Open dialog box:
1. Select the file you want to open as a copy.
2. Click the down arrow on the Open button and choose Open as Copy.
Opening a Password-protected File Some project files are protected so that only specific individuals have access to modify the project plan. Project prompts you to enter the password when you attempt to open the file. If you don’t know the password, you are out of luck. If the password was applied with a Read-Only recommendation (see “Saving Project Files,” later in this chapter), Project displays the following message to give you the option of opening it read-only.