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The file you specified cannot be opened in QuickBooks

What is the QuickBooks error message: “The file you specified cannot be opened”?

QuickBooks users usually come across the error: the file you specified cannot be opened in QuickBooks when they are trying to open the QuickBooks company file on a Windows workstation. While updating QuickBooks desktop or QuickBooks payroll or while the user tries to open federal or state forms, pay scheduled liabilities they receive the following error message.

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.”

What are the cause of “the file you specified cannot be opened” QuickBooks error message?

There are various reasons that can be the cause of the file specified that cannot be opened in QuickBooks. Some of them are mentioned below:

  1. QuickBooks cannot read the company file correctly
  2. QuickBooks company file is damaged
  3. QuickBooks is not updated
  4. The QuickBooks desktop update agent/manager tool is not able to update QuickBooks
  5. User account control settings are not configured suitably
  6. A firewall is not configured to allow QuickBooks to exchange data from the Intuit server
  7. Security and third-party applications like spyware, malware bytes, etc are conflicting with QuickBooks
  8. QuickBooks installation is corrupted

How to Resolve QuickBooks error message: The file you specified cannot be opened

According to different causes for this error in QuickBooks. There are various solutions that can resolve the error message: the file specified cannot be opened. Try the troubleshooting steps given below to repair the error instantly on your own. Contact QuickBooks desktop support if supervision is required.

Solution 1: Repair QuickBooks Desktop in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & Windows 10

Note down the QuickBooks error message you see on the screen and report it to QuickBooks error support to get updated solutions by Intuit QuickBooks experts to repair various QuickBooks desktop errors.

Solution 2: Run QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool to resolve installation errors causing “the file you specified cannot be opened” QuickBooks error

QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool: QuickBooks Component Repair Tool – QBInstall tool

Download QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool

QBinstall Tool: Download Link

Solution 3: Update QuickBooks to get rid of the file you specified cannot be opened QuickBooks error

Intuit provides QuickBooks Update from time to time, which are available over the Internet or at QuickBooks Download Center.

Solution 4: Allow Full access to the Users to eliminate QuickBooks error message “the file you specified cannot be opened”

By giving full control to the users you can get rid of the file you specified cannot be opened QuickBooks error. Try these steps to give full control to the users.

Solution 5: Run the Reboot.bat file to resolve the file you specified cannot be opened

Get Rid of QuickBooks Error Message: “The file you specified cannot be opened” By the help of Experts

If the above-provided troubleshooting steps do not resolve the error for you. Get in touch with QuickBooks experts to get instant support for QuickBooks desktop errors. Call QuickBooks error support +1888-300-6790 and resolve the QuickBooks error message “the file you specified cannot be opened” immediately. Our 24×7 QuickBooks desktop experts provide secure remote assistance to eliminate QuickBooks errors for QuickBooks users.

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