Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope

Open may refer to any of the following:

open1. In general, open refers to something that can be accessed or viewed.

2. When referring to computer software, open commonly refers to the process of executing or running a program or accessing or reading a file. For example, if you wanted to read a word processor file, you could "open" Microsoft Word, a commonly used word processor program, and once open, select the word processor file to open. In this example, if your computer did not have a word processor installed or didn't support the file, it would be unable to open the file, or you would get an error.

Tip: The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O shows the open window in most programs and allow you to choose a file to open.

3. When referring to computer hardware or other hardware devices, open refers to physically removing a compartment, such as removing the computer case cover.

4. When referring to a network port, open refers to a specific port being enabled, so that traffic can be transferred through it.

5. When using FTP, open is a command used to establish a connection with a remote computer.

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  • See how to use FTP for information about open and other FTP commands.

6. With an issue, question, post, or ticket, open refers to something that still needs to be fixed or reviewed. For example, if you open a support ticket with a question, it will remain open until the problem is solved. Once solved it would be changed from open to closed.

7. Open may be used as an abbreviated form of open source when describing a type of software.

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