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Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

I recently got a new computer. My dot tax files (.tax) transferred in the documents files, not as part of the TurboTax download/desktop software. I have both TurboTax Deluxe and TT Business on my computer. When I try to open my personal return (.tax file) it defaults to TT Business and not TT Deluxe; which means I can’t open it. I did save a pdf copy of my return.
How can I get my computer (windows) to open the .tax file using TT Deluxe? I've tried opening Deluxe before trying to open the .tax file.  Do I need to uninstall TT Business?

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Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

And the .tax file ends in the right year like .tax2019, .tax2018, etc?  What happens when you go up to FILE - OPEN in Deluxe and try to open it?  Any error message?  Can you start a new return in Deluxe?


After you get the program reinstalled the first thing to do before you open your tax return is to update the program and install any state programs you had. Then open your file. So you first might need to start a fake return to be able to download the state program (go to FILE - NEW). Enter some basic information, then go to the state tab and download the state program. Then try to open your existing return, go to FILE - OPEN



Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

 Having the TT Business version should not stop you opening anything in the Deluxe version  ... just make sure you are opening the correct file since they all look alike.  

Level 15
Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

Open the file from within the TurboTax program, not by clicking on the file in Windows. On the first screen when you start TurboTax, click the blue link that says "Find a Tax File," or, on the File menu select "Open Tax Return."


Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

Thanks rjs, that (on the File menu select "Open Tax Return") worked!

Level 15

Opening a file after transferring to new computer

If you did not already know ....


This is my mini version of  a tutorial  that should be in the downloaded program: 


Always remember to shut off the auto update function once you have filed your returns and do not do any updates unless you have safeguarded the PDF & .taxfiles to a removable storage unit for safekeeping.



What is Forms Mode?

Forms Mode lets you view and make changes to your tax forms "behind the scenes."

If you're adventurous, you can even prepare your return in Forms Mode, but we don't recommend it. You may miss obscure credits and deductions you qualify for, and you may forget to report things that will come back and haunt you later.

Forms Mode is exclusively available in the TurboTax CD/Download software. It is not available in TurboTax Online.


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If you want to play around with different figures and tax scenarios without affecting your original return you can ….

  • >>>In the TurboTax CD/Download software by creating a test copy
  • 1.  Open your return in TurboTax. 
  • 2.  From the File menu, choose Save As. 
  • 3.  Give the copy a new name to distinguish it from the original (for example, by adding "Test" or "Example" to the file name). 
  • 4. Click  Save. You are now safely working in the test copy and anything you do here will not affect the original. 


  • >>  use the WHAT IF tool: 
  • - Click Forms Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 2 (forms view) 
  • - Click on the Open Form Icon 
  • - In the “Type a form name.” area type What-If (with the dash), click on the name of the worksheet - click on Open Form 
  • - You will see the worksheet on the right side of the screen; enter the information right into the form 
  • - To get back to interview mode - click on the Step-by-Step Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 1



It's always a good idea to make a backup copy of your tax data file, in case your original gets lost or corrupted. Here's how:

  1. From the File menu in the upper-left corner of TurboTax, choose Save As (Windows) or Save (Mac).
  2. Browse to where you want to save your backup.
    • Tip: If you're saving to a portable device, save it to your computer first to prevent data corruption. Then, after completing Step 4, copy or move the backup file to your device.
  3. In the File name field, enter a name that will distinguish it from the original tax file (for example, add "Backup" or "Copy" to the file name)
  4. Click Save and then close TurboTax.
  5. Restart TurboTax and open the backup copy to make sure it's not corrupted. If you get an error, delete the backup and repeat these steps.

If you make changes to your original tax return file, repeat these steps to ensure your original and backup copies are in-synch.

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AND save it as a PDF so you have access to a copy even if you don’t have the program still installed and operational :

AND protect the files :


Here's how you can see a list of all your overrides (if any). On the Tools menu select My Tax Data. A window will open that lists all the entries in your return. Any entry that was overridden will say Overridden in the Source column. You can click on the heading of the Source column to sort on that column, so that any Overridden entries will be together. If there are Details or Import entries at the top of the list after you sort it, scroll down to see if there are any Overridden entries after the Details and Import entries. The item in the My Tax Data list tells you the form and line number that has the override. You can click on an overridden item in the list, then click the Go To Form button at the bottom of the list to go to the form that has the override.

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