Jul 14, 2009

Recover damaged word file

If you come across this message when you try to open a Microsoft Word file: Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt then you have this method to solve the problem.

Microsoft Word automatically uses the Open and Repair feature if Word detects a problem with a document when you open it. However, you can force Word to use the Open and Repair feature when you open any document.

This may be especially useful when you intend to save the document in a different file format. If you save a damaged document in a different file format, you may not be able to open the saved document.

For more information about how to troubleshoot damaged Word documents, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
826864 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826864/ ) How to troubleshoot damaged Word documents


To open a document by using the Open and Repair feature in Word, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: To open a specific document
To open a specific document by using the Open and Repair feature in Word, follow these steps:

1. Start Word.
2. On the File menu, click Open.
Note In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.
3. In the Open dialog box, click to select the file that you want to open.
4. Click the down arrow on the Open button, and then click Open and Repair.








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