How to Repair a Corrupted Word File in Microsoft Word 2016

How to Repair Corrupted Word File in Microsoft Word 2016

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Oct 16, 2020 • Filed to: Recover & Repair Files • Proven solutions

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How do you know you're dealing with file corruption? If you somehow managed to open your document, and the formatting is messed up, you can see a lot of unreadable characters and possibly error messages, you know something isn't right. Sometimes you can't even open the document.

The Microsoft Word built-in repair tool can most of the time repair Word documents. However, this feature doesn't always do the job, and in that case, you need to find a good Word document repair tool like a specialized software. This article describes how to repair corrupted Word files using both the Word built-in repairing function and a Word document repair tool. Read further to learn more about this subject.

Part 1: How to Repair Corrupted Word File in Microsoft Word 2016

1. Word File Repair Software

A Word document repair tool is a professional utility that allows users to recover corrupt Word files featuring different repairing modes. Stellar Phoenix Word Repair software is extremely easy to use and it allows the user to repair corrupted Word files while preserving the original formatting and layout. It doesn't matter if your word version is 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, or even 2000.

2. Repair Corrupted Word file with Repair Software

    1. The utility is launching in the dashboard area, and the initial dialog box is shown; select a drive target location from the drop-down menu, click the "Find File(s)" button

repair corrupt word file

    1. Select a file from the results box, and click the "Scan" button;

repair corrupt word file in Word 2016 step 2

    1. Preview the repaired Word file, and click the "Save" button on the ribbon.

repair corrupt word file in Word 2016 step 3

    1. The "Save Document" window is shown. Select a desired save location, the format, and click "Ok";

repair corrupt word file in Word 2016 step 4

Part 2: Force Word to Repair a Corrupted Word File

Although Microsoft Word launches an auto-repair when a corrupted document is detected, you can also repair a Word document by launching it manually. Follow our guide to doing it:

    1. Click "File" on the top menu;

repair word file in MS Word 2016 step 1

    1. Select "Open" on the vertical menu;

repair word file in MS Word 2016 step 2

    1. Click the "Browse" button; a new window opens. Select a document;
    2. Tap the little arrow on the "Open" button, and select "Open and Repair" from the drop-down menu;

repair word file in MS Word 2016 step 5

    1. Word is now launching the auto-repair function.

That's how you can manually repair corrupted Word files using a built-in Word Repair tool. You may have noticed that in this tutorial no word document repair tool has been used.

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