25 October 2008

How to open a corrupted Word doc?

I always have a problem opening files of my students in MS Word (Office 2000/XP/2003) because the files are corrupted. Word sometimes refuses to open a corrupted document, or it opens a document that displays gibberish instead of the actual data you expect to see. It may take a few tries, but you can usually coax Word into working with problematic files. Maybe some of you have the same problem too. I would like to share to you an answer I've read from PC Magazine. This might be of help to you.
If you can open the file, click the Show/Hide button (the one with the paragraph symbol) on your toolbar to display all paragraph markers and spaces in your document. Place your cursor at the very beginning of the document and press CTRL-SHIFT-END to select the entire document. Release the keys. Next, hold down the SHIFT key while you use your mouse to deselect the last paragraph marker in the document. (If there are multiple paragraph markers after the last period in your document, deselect them, as well.) Release the SHIFT key and then press CTRL-C to copy the selected text. Open a new document and press CTRL-V to paste the text, and then save the new document. Close the documents and reopen the new document. If this fixes corruption in the document, delete the old file.
If you can't open the file at all, open a new document, open the Insert menu, click File, and select the corrupted document. This occassionally works when you need to recover a bad file, although you might lose some formatting in the process. Another option is to open Word and select Open from the File menu. Browse to the folder where the corrputed file resides, and in the Files Of Type down-down menu, select Recover Text From Any File (*.*), select the file, and click Open. If this works, you'll discover only the text and not any formatting.

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1 comments:

Alex September 30, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

The suitable exit for given difficulty can be fix word. It has some important features such as restoring damaged or lost word data. It can fix word docs after some troubles: power failures, viruses and unexpected errors. The tool starts under any major version of Windows OS.

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