Like the other Office System applications, Project's Open dialog allows you to not only open your project files, but also to search for files using the Office search features. The Open dialog also provides you with shortcuts to your most commonly used files. This section shows you how to open project files, how to search for documents, and how to customize the shortcuts for this dialog.
Open a Project
Open the File menu and click Open.
Select the location of your project file from the Look In drop-down list.
Alternatively, choose a location from the My Places bar that lists common folders.
Select the file you want to open.
If you want to open one of the other file types that Microsoft Project can access, select it from the list in the Files of Type drop-down list.
For Your Information
Project File Types
Project can open a variety of different file types. This list includes the native .MPP file type, as well as the .MPT file, which is a Project template. It can also open Access databases that contain the Project database format, as well as a variant of this type called the .MPD file, which is a Project database. Project will also import .TXT, .CSV, and XML files, along with .MPX files, which is a special Project data interchange format.