What could be more frustrating than encountering errors on your desktop screen when you are trying to work?  In this article, we will show you how you can fix the “File You Specified Cannot Be Opened Errors”. These errors come on your screen while trying to download the payroll update, opening a federal form or state form. Sometimes, it can also occur while paying scheduled liabilities.

The File You Specified Cannot Be Opened Error: Learn To FixThe error message that will appear on your screen will be:

“The file you specified cannot be opened. Make sure that it is not currently being used by another program or a read-only file.”


The Windows error was “The file exists.”

You are now left with two options. You can either try to manually fix the error or get help from the QuickBooks ProAdvisors of supportforerror. But if you choose to manually fix the file error, you must have high technical skills as a simple wrong step can cause permanent damages to your QuickBooks software. In such cases, even we won’t be able to help you. That is why we highly recommend that call the QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Get 24×7 immediate assistance for QuickBooks from the toll-free QuickBooks Support Phone Number +1-866-656-1012.

How To Fix The File You Specified Cannot Be Opened Error?

  • First of all, click on the OK button in the error message.
  • Keep clicking the OK button until the update is 100% complete.
  • Now, close your QuickBooks desktop and then reopen it.
  • Open the official downloads and updates link.
  • Choose your Product version.
  • Also, select the Version of your QuickBooks.
  • You can use the Search option to look for the version.
  • Click on the Get The Latest Link to download the latest release of the update.
  • Now, close your QB desktop.
  • Reboot your desktop.
  • Go to your desktop and look for the QuickBooks icon.
  • Also, right-click on the QuickBooks icon.
  • Choose Run as the Administrator.

Additional Solutions

It is possible that for some QuickBooks Users the error will not be resolved. Those QB users can follow these steps:

Change your Internet connection

We have noticed that the QuickBooks Users who are using a wireless connection usually run into this error. It is because a wireless connection can cause unexpected results. You can decide to move to cable-connected Internet connection on your computer.

Give Full Control To Users

  • Go to your desktop and look for the QuickBooks icon.
  • Now, right-click on the QB icon.
  • Choose Open File Location from the menu.
  • Now, press the Backspace key once.
  • Look for the QuickBooks folder. It will look like QuickBooks 20XX where XX indicates the year.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Choose Edit and Add.
  • Enter Everyone, choose Ok.
  • Click on the Full Control option.
  • Also, choose Apply.
  • Repeat the same steps but instead of choosing Everyone use Users.
  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Go to the Search field and type in UAC. Click on Change User Account Control settings option.

Also, follow one of these:

  • Turn off UAC and move the slider to Never notify and Click on OK.
  • Turn on UAC and move the slider to get notified and click on OK.

Follow These Steps Now

  • Configure Firewall and Internet security settings for QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Run Reboot.bat.
  • Repair QuickBooks Desktop
  • Reinstall using a clean install.

Follow The Steps Carefully or Contact Our ProAdvisorsWe hope that you were able to learn more about File You Specified Cannot Be Opened Errors by reading this article. If you are not able to understand any specific step, get in touch with the QuickBooks ProAdvisors of supportforerror. If you are facing any problem or if you are not able to resolve the QuickBooks file error, let us know by calling the most notable QuickBooks Customer Service Phone Number +1-866-656-1012. We are available round the clock to provide QuickBooks support services to QuickBooks users around the globe.

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