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I'm getting a "file not found" error when trying to use a setup file. What is wrong?

"I am trying to use a setup file, but I keep getting a 'file not found' error. I have entered the drive specification, folder hierarchy, and filename for the data file correctly. What is wrong?"

Sometimes when an application generates a "file not found" error, it is caused by an incomplete filename being used in the setup statements - the specification for the filename may be missing the filename extension. This is often due to Windows not displaying filename extensions in either Windows Explorer or My Computer and subsequent dialog boxes, and users not being aware that they exist or need to be used.

Adding the correct extension to the file specification in the setup statements should correct the problem.

To ensure that you are presented with complete filenames, the default Windows filename display option for folders should be changed.

Go to Start > My Computer > Tools (the menu at the top) > Folder Options > View (the second tab)

Under the "Advanced setting:" look for "Hide extensions for known file types". The selection box for this option should be cleared. Users should then be able to see the filename extension when using either Windows Explorer or My Computer and add the extension to the file specification in the setup statements.