How to Repair a Word Document

Sometimes while opening word documents like .doc & .docx files, MS Word shows an error message that it was unable to open the document because the document is corrupted. In many cases this problem will not have enough severity, like: if we have a backup of the document or if the document is not so important at all. But if in case that document is very important and also you have not backed it up anywhere, then you are left with the only option and that is to repair the document. And today in this post I will be guiding you on how to repair word document.

The methods that I will mention in this post will be applicable for most of the versions of Microsoft Word.

Repair word document with Microsoft Word:

Actually Microsoft Word offers a way to repair the documents but the problem is that most of the people are not aware of this feature. Follow the below mentioned steps to repair Word documents in Microsoft Word:

  • Open Microsoft Word, click the “Office Button” and navigate to “Open”.
  • Now select the document that you want to repair, after selecting the document click the small dropdown on the open button as shown.

Repair Word Document

  • On the dropdown select the option that says “Open and Repair”.
  • Now word will start repairing your document and after the repair process is over it will open the document.

Repair word documents with third party tools:

Here the tools that we are going to use is Repair My Word, it is a freeware and is quiet effective in repairing corrupted word documents. The tool actually opens the document and then for repairing the document you need to save the document in an .rtf format. Saving the document in rtf format will erase all formatting but you will be able to retrieve the text.

  • Download the tool here.
  • Open the tool (no installation needed).
WordReair v1.1
  • Now select the “Repair/Open” option on the tool and select the document that is to be repaired and click “Ok”.
  • After this the document will get opened, now save the document and it will save a repaired version of your document.
So, this was how to Repair Word Document.
Happy Repairing :)

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Mark Willium February 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

Great Info, I want to share my personal experience with you. Sometime back My document had corrupted due to virus attack on PC. I had tried several methods to repair corrupt document but all fail, at last I had tried Stellar Word repair tool. It has repaired all my documents successfully.

Mark Willium

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