4.2.4. Opening an existing document

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

The Open dialog window will be displayed:

Open dialog window

Figure 4.8. 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.

You can only open files of the EUDICO 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 4.9. Error message: no eaf file


If ELAN cannot find the associated media files (*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.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 4.10. Locate media file