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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: You are unable to open a Microsoft Office 2007 document with the Office 2003!
Several solutions are available:
  • Either install a newer version of Microsoft Office (2007 or 2010).
  • Download the Compatibility Pack for Microsoft Office (2000, Office XP or Office 2003).
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).
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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