You can easily lose your temper when an important file gets damaged in a way you cannot access it by any means. There are a couple of things you can do to repair a Word document. If however, none of these seem to help, then go directly to Part 3. We'll discuss there a professional Word document repair tool that will eventually help you repair corrupted Word files with no fuss and no muss.
You should never rush into assuming your document is corrupt. Perhaps your system or Microsoft Word itself causes the failure. Good advice would be trying to open the suspected document form another computer even before thinking to restore data or attempting a repair operation to check the document's integrity.
I am not teaching you a trick here, but rather give you a safety stock tip. If I were you, I would surely make a copy of the corrupt document and save it on removable device media, just in case something worst happens to that file. No matter what happens next, you can rest assured, and have a peaceful sleep at night.
Sometimes if you have sent an email containing that particular file to one of your colleagues, you'll hopefully be able to retrieve that copy. All you have to do is access the Sent mail folder and look for the email, or simply use the search feature to find it.
Press "Windows" + "R" keys simultaneously and type "CHKDSK". Doing this will check your system for possible errors. You need to know that sometimes your system is the one causing errors. If anything is found, the system will try to fix it. Some even say that CHKDSK can even fix your corrupted files. Do it and find out yourself.
Exporting your damaged file to a different format will most of the time help you fix the problem. The explanation is pretty simple: using an "RTF" or "TXT" file will remove document dependency upon Word components that may cause errors.
The previous method is quite effective. However, if the document is inaccessible, you'll be incapable of exporting it to a different format. What you could do is use any other text processor to open the corrupted document. Now you should be able to save the text to a "txt" format.
Microsoft Word has a build-in text convertor that could recover your document. Follow this path: File> Open> Select your document>Select "Recover Text from Any File" within the "Open" button drop-down menu. Please note that you'll lose text formatting and that you can only apply this method to old Word documents (MS 97-2003)
Microsoft Word has an auto-repair protocol that launches when a corrupted file is detected. However, you can force the auto-repair function by launching it manually. Click File>Open> Click "Browse">Select a file> Click the "Open" little arrow button> Select the "Open and Repair" option from the drop-down menu.
Windows Vista, 8, and 10 have a nice feature called "Shadow" copy which saves copies of your files. Right-click on any document and click "Properties". Navigate to the "Previous Versions" tab and select any version. Click the "Restore" button.
They say one of the most common Word errors is related to the header of the document. Replacing the header of the corrupted document with one of a document of good integrity will most probably solve your problem.
There are these documents that cannot be fixed easily, thus you need to find a Word document repair tool that can help you address this problem. Stellar Phoenix Word Repair is a professional tool that uses a completely safe algorithm that extracts data even from the most corrupted documents. This tool can repair Word documents and at the same time keep the initial text, images, fonts, headers, footers, and so on. You can recover documents created in Word 2016 to Word 2000. Let's find more about it in the next sections.
The interface is designed for any user both advanced and amateur, and the support is complete and comprehensive. If you are the kind of person that needs reports and logs, you can do that with this Word document repair tool.
Before proceeding any further with this tutorial please download and install this program by accessing this link. After everything is set follow us through:
Step 1 Launch Word Repair Tool, in the dashboard area, it displays the file selection interface. From the "Look in" drop-down menu select the targeted drive and click the "Select folder" button;
Step 2Select a folder, and tap the "Ok" button to continue; tap the "Scan" button after you have selected a file from the results table, and hold on a few seconds;
Step 3 The system shows the recovered file; you can preview it and choose to save;
Step 4In the saving window that has just appeared, select a destination file by clicking the "Select New Folder" option;