1.2.5. Opening an existing document

In case you have an ELAN file (*.eaf) of a media file (*.mp4, *.mpg, *.wav etc.), click Open in the File menu.

The Open dialog window will be displayed:

Open dialog window

Figure 1.9. Open dialog window

Do the following:

  1. Browse to the directory that contains the ELAN file (*.eaf).

  2. Double-click on the annotation file to open it.

    An ELAN window containing the document will appear.

Alternatively, instead of clicking File Open, you can drag and drop an *.eaf file directly from your file-explorer (E.g. Finder in OSX or Windows explorer) onto the ELAN main screen. The document will open and an ELAN window with the document will appear.

You can only open files of the ELAN annotation format (*.eaf). If you try to open a file of a different format, the following error message will appear:

Error message: no eaf file

Figure 1.10. Error message: no eaf file


If ELAN cannot find the associated media files (*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mp4, *.mov, *.wav etc.), it will check if these files exist in the directory of the *.eaf file. If they are still not found there, it will ask you where the media files are located.

Locate media file

Figure 1.11. Locate media file