The File You Specified Cannot Be Opened - Troubleshooting QuickBooks Payroll Error

Steps to fix Error “The File you specified cannot be opened” in QuickBooks

QuickBooks is a robust account software, but like any other accounting software this too receives errors at times.

While doing any accounting work and managing the financial accounts of a business QuickBooks is the only name that appears in everyone’s mind. It is a boon for many businesses as it done all the accounting work and helps creating invoices and manage sales. But being this much unique it also has some negative issues such as software error. One of these errors is The File You Specified Cannot Be Opened. This error is triggered when you try to access any form or updating QuickBooks Account.

But don’t worry as in this blog we are providing you the possible solutions to troubleshoot this error and also you can contact to our official helpline by dialing +1-844-405-0907 and our team of highly knowledgeable experts will help you resolve your queries.

What does Error Show on Screen?

This error appears on screen like:

  • The file you specified cannot be opened. It must not be already in use by another program or a read-only file.
  • The Windows Error was The File Exists.

Factors That Trigger The File You Specified Cannot Be Opened Error:

Experiencing such errors in QuickBooks is quite possible, due to a bunch of factors. Out of which, we have tried to enumerate the common ones below:

  • Damaged or Corrupted Company File.
  • You don’t have the admin rights while operating windows operating system.
  • The installation of QuickBooks is not done correctly.
  • The file you are accessing is opened on another computer.
  • QuickBooks update failed in between.
  • The error also can caused by poor internet connectivity.
  • Your company files are attacked by viruses or malware.

Here are the troubleshooting steps to resolve your issue:

If you follow these steps, you can resolve the file you specified cannot be opened error.

Step 1. Run as Administrator:

  • Open Start Menu of Windows and type QuickBooks in search bar.
  • Now look for the results show up in search Window.
  • Now right-click on the QuickBooks version you want to open.
  • Choose Run as Administrator option
  • Now you have to run the payroll update.
  • Now open QuickBooks normally and check weather the error is resolved or not.

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Step 2. Update the Windows Permission:

  • Open Start Menu of Windows and type File Explorer in the search bar.
  • Now open File explorer and find QuickBooks Program File in it.
  • Right-click on the QuickBooks Program File and click on Properties.
  • Now select Security and then select Edit.
  • Now select Add and in Windows type Everyone and hit Ok
  • In the security Window select Full Control and hit Ok
  • Now select Add and in Windows type Users and hit Ok
  • In the security Window select Full Control and hit Ok
  • Once done this process click on Apply and then OK to close settings.


Final Words:

After applying these steps, you should be able to resolve The File you Specified Cannot be Opened error. If you feel to need to ask for help and have any queries you can contact to our technical support team by dialing at +1-844-405-0907. We have a team of highly knowledgeable professional always available to assist you and provide you the best services.

Alex Luis

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