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"The file you specified cannot be opened."

Message when trying to open states the file cannot be opened, but it exists. 

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"The file you specified cannot be opened."

Let's resolve the error you've encountered to open the file successfully, mvbirneyoffice.

Are you trying to open a QuickBooks Desktop company file? If so, this error is caused when the file that you want to access is not found in the system. It can also occur if it is used by any other user.

Here are a couple ways to resolve this error:
  • Run as Administrator
  • Update Windows Permissions

To run as Administrator:

  1. Go to the Windows Start menu and search QuickBooks.
  2. Right-click on the QuickBooks version and year you're using. 
  3. Select Run as administrator.
  4. After that, close QuickBooks and reopen it.

If you're still having the error message, proceed in updating your Windows Permissions:

  1. Go to your Windows Start menu and search File Explorer, then open it. 
  2. Find your QuickBooks program file, right-click your QuickBooks program (QBW32.EXE) file and select Properties.
  3. Select Security, then Edit and Add. This is to set Everyone.
  4. In the Security window, select the checkbox for Full control and then select OK.
  5. Select Add again. In the window, type in "Users" and then select OK.
  6. In the Security window, select the checkbox for Full control and then select OK.
  7. When you're ready, select Apply and then select OK to close your settings.

For detailed instructions, check this how to fix payroll errors The file you specified cannot be opened and The file exists article. 

I'm always here if you still have questions with your file and or anything else, by leaving a comment below. Take care and have a wonderful day.