Word - How to open a corrupted file

December 2016

Word - How to open a corrupted file

In this short tutorial you will learn how to open and repair a corrupted Word document:
- Unreadable characters in the document.
- A document is causing Word to crash.
- Layout and formatting issues.
Here are some solutions that can help:

Check your version of Microsoft - Compatibility issues

You are unable to open a Microsoft Office 2007 document with the Office 2003!
Several solutions are available:

Microsoft Word recovery tool

Microsoft Word integrates a small utility to fix your corrupted documents.
  • Click File > Open.
  • Then select the corrupted Word file.
  • Click the drop-down menu to the right of the "Open" button and select "Open and Repair".

If the above method fails:
  • Click on File > Open.
  • Click on Files of type box
  • Click on Recover Text from Any File(*,*)
  • Select the corrupted Word file.
  • Click on "Open".
  • Only the text will be displayed (no formatting).

Using Wordpad

If none of the above method worked, you can always try to open the file with another software such as Wordpad.
  • Open Wordpad.
  • Click on File > Open.
  • Select the corrupted file.

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