QuickBooks Error The File Specified Cannot Be Opened: The Exist File Issue Fixed

Facing the issue related to QuickBooks error the file specified cannot be opened? It may be the file is on a different server and you are looking for it on another server, or the file may be corrupted and several reasons but all are going to be fixed. Don’t worry, here is the detailed article, we will provide different methods to troubleshoot the issue and you will go through the details of why it occurs and how easily it may be resolved. But still, facing a problem to resolve it? Here we are to help you, connect with our experts with the Toll-Free no +1-844-405-0904.

Normally we do not find any trouble opening a file in QuickBooks through Windows, but in some cases, we found that there is a problem accessing a QuickBooks specified file in Windows. That appears with an error message like that, ‘ The file you specified cannot be opened” and “The file exists”’. Today’s tutorial is all about this. Here we can find out the solution, and the reasons behind the issue. 

QuickBooks Specified File Error Message
QuickBooks Specified File Error Message

QuickBooks error the file specified cannot be opened issue generally occurs at the time of updating payroll, opening state or federal forms, paying scheduled liabilities, or at the time of printing form. So we need to fix the problem immediately to proceed with the payroll activity in QuickBooks again. It has no specific reasons, and it can occur because of any reason. So here we have clearly described all the reasons and possible reasons for the problem for which you can choose the right solution to fix the problem.   

Let’s start the article with the reasons of the issue;

Why the Specified File Cannot Open in QuickBooks

QuickBooks has several reasons for this specified file issue. Here in the below, we have listed some of the reasons for his hassle. 

  • Maybe the specified file is on another server, and you are trying to open it on another server. 
  • The specific file may be corrupted or damaged.
  • You may log into Windows without full access or the administrator’s permission.
  • Sometimes the third-party applications also block to open files in windows.
  • The QuickBooks may need the new update, but you are using the old version for a long time.
  • Improper installation of QuickBooks also a cause of this issue. 
  • The server may be affected by the virus or malware attack.
  • There is a big chance of a mistake that, if QuickBooks has downloaded payroll updates but not unable to install it on Windows, because of the Windows permission.    

How to Fix the QuickBooks Error File Specified Cannot Be Opened 

QuickBooks error file specified cannot be opened issue can be troubleshot in many different ways. Here in the below, we have given some of the techniques to solve the problem in a simple way. You can check all of the solutions to fix the problem. Here you go for the techniques:   

Technique 1: Run QuickBooks & Windows, As an Administrator 

  • Go for the ‘Windows Start’ menu.
  • And in the search bar, type ‘QuickBooks’.
  • Now you can find out the results in the search window.
  • After that, right-click on your using QuickBooks Desktop version, and select the ‘Run as Administrator’ option.  
Run QuickBooks On Windows
Run QuickBooks On Windows
  • Run the payroll update, and open the QuickBooks after the complete update process.  

Technique 2: Update the Windows Permissions to Full Control 

  • Click on the ‘Windows Start’ menu, and type ‘File Explorer’ in the search bar.
  • And launch the ‘File Explorer’.
  • Now you need to find out the file of QuickBooks Program. The file will be in the below location, and remember that the file must be in the .exe form:
    • For 32-bit processor type, the file will be this path C:\program files\intuit\quickbooks (year).
    • For 64-bit processor type, the file will be this path C:\program files x86\intuit\quickbooks (year)
  • Right-click on the right file, and click on the ‘Properties’ option. 
  • Select the ‘Security’, ‘Edit’, and then the ‘Add’ option.  
  • A new window will appear on your screen, type ‘Everyone’, and click ‘Ok’. 
  • Checkmark on the ‘Full Control’ option, and click ‘Ok’ in the Security window. 
  • After setting up all the things, click on the ‘Apply’ option, and the ‘Ok’ option to close settings. 

Technique 3: Run Quick Fix my File 

Run the Quick fix my file for the instant solution. 

  • Download QuickBooks tool hub.
  • And agree with the terms, and conditions of the tool to install it.
  • Open the tool, and visit the ‘Company File’ tab.
  • There you can get an option of ‘Quick Fix my File’, just click on it.
  • And after the fixing process, click the ‘Ok’ option. 

Technique 4: Verify & Rebuild Data

If all of the above solutions do not give the satisfactory process to fix the problem then verify, and rebuild data in QuickBooks.   

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Technique 5: Run QuickBooks File Doctor 

For all types of company issues, normally we first, use the QuickBooks file doctor tool to rectify the error. In this case, we can also run the file doctor tool to fix the problem. Here is the procedure to run the file doctor 

  • Access the QuickBooks file doctor, or use the tool from the QuickBooks tool hub from the ‘Company File’ issue section.
  • After that, it will show two options to choose. One is for the repair of the file in the latest released version, or for the current version. 
  • Select one of the options.
  • This process will repair the affected file still, if you are facing the error for one more time then, move to the next solution.  

Technique 6: Check the Third-Party Application on your System

  • Go to the windows or start of the Window, and type ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar.
  • Click on the control panel, and go to the ‘Security and Firewall Settings’ option. 
  • Now in the ‘Security and Firewall Settings’ page change the security level to medium.
  • And turn off the firewall, and antivirus for a short time, and observe that the error persists for one more time or not.
  • If the error is still occurring then turn on them again.    

Technique 7: Download QuickBooks to Latest Version.

You can update QuickBooks Desktop to the latest released version for the data file error. 

  • Close all the running programs of QuickBooks, and restart the system.
  • Open ‘Control Panel’, and select the ‘Programs and Features’ tab.
  • There you can find the ‘QuickBooks’ option, just a single click on it, and select the ‘Uninstall/Change’ option. 
  • Click the ‘Continue’, and the ‘Next’ option.
  • The QuickBooks repair process will start now. Don’t exist, wait for the complete process. 
  • Click on the ‘Finish’, and ‘Restart’ option on the desktop.  
  • Restart the system, and restart, and download the QuickBooks Desktop to the latest released version. 

Technique 8: Run QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool 

Final Notes

After a long discussion on the solution to the specified file error, we find out some of the effective procedures to fix the issue that the file specified cannot be opened in QuickBooks. We tried our best to provide information in this article, hope you like it. Further, if you are seeking help, then you can get help from our Intuit-certified QuickBooks experts for instant response.  

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