Edited: August 23, 2023
Cricut machines are made to open with very little effort, often utilizing a slow-open mechanism. The doors will open all the way on their own with no assistance. Gentle pressure may be used to speed the opening of the machine, but forcing them aggressively can stress and damage the doors.
Note: This article refers to Cricut Joy and Cricut Joy Xtra machines only, and the steps are the same for both models. For information on Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker doors, reference this article.
To properly open a Cricut Joy or Cricut Joy Xtra machine
Cricut Joy machines use a magnetic mechanism to hold the machine door shut. Separate the top of the front white panel from where it touches the top of the main body of the machine; you will feel it release from the magnetic pull that holds it closed. Then, allow the door to fall gently into open position.
To close the door, raise it until it connects to the magnets at the top of the machine.