What Does the Error “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 Is: The File Exists” Mean?

According to Intuit, the error “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 is: The file exists” indicates that QuickBooks has encountered a problem reading a file.  There are several situations under which the error can occur.  The cause and fix therefore varies.

If you were attempting to print a form, according to Intuit the error is most likely caused by a changed file attribute on the file QBPRINT.QBP to any attribute other than archive.

In the error occurred in that setting, consult this Intuit knowledge base article for specific steps to resolve it.

If the error occurred in a situation other than attempting to print a form, according to Intuit the error is caused by a problem reading the company file or tax form files.  The error may occur when running under Microsoft Windows Vista.  There are several possible fixes:

  • turn Vista User Account Control (UAC) off, restart, then turn UAC back on, and restart again
  • verify the folder permissions on the upper level program folder, as in C:Program FilesIntuit
  • repair your QuickBooks installation

For the specific steps to resolve this error in this setting, consult this Intuit knowledge base article.

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