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Know How to Repair Severely Corrupted Word Document in an Easy Way

Published on 06 December 17

2 Best Solutions to Repair Severely Corrupted Word Document

From past two years, I am working on Microsoft Word 2007 and keeps all my documents in .docx format. But, yesterday it got corrupted due to an improper shutdown when I was working on Microsoft Word. However, that particular DOCX file contains some of my important data so, I have to repair it any cost. Being a technical user, I understand that before knowing the proper reason behind the .docx file corruption, we cannot proceed to any recovery steps. If anyone knows how to repair severely corrupted Word document in an easy way.

Microsoft Office 2007 has a new file extension based on the XML format known as DOCX format and is continued in the above version of Microsoft Word also. However, there are various benefits of using Word Documents .docx file such as compact the file size, control file data in a proper way, etc. Apart from of all this, the Word documents are also vulnerable to corruption and get damaged easily or become inaccessible very quickly. Moreover, if DOCX file gets corrupted the content inside it may also get compromised. Therefore, it is difficult to recover corrupted Word DOCX file data in an easy way. Thus, in the blog, after understanding the exact reason behind the corrupt DOC or DOCX file of the Word, we have discussed the all possible ways to repair severely damaged Word file.

Reasons Behind Corruption in DOC & DOCX File

Before directly jumping to the solution to repair severely corrupted Word document, it is important to understand the reason behind it:

  • If there is some harmful virus or malware attack on the local machine, then it can corrupt the Word document.
  • Abnormal termination of Microsoft Word program.
  • It can be due to some interruption while downloading or moving DOCX file on the internet or it gets corrupted due to insecure cyberspace.
  • Due to some software malfunction
  • If a user has shared the Word document over the network, then also there are chances of DOCX file corruption.
  • Inappropriate system shutdown while working on MS Word application.
  • Sometimes users add a picture, clip, animations, etc., to Word document and they are virus infected, which can damage the file header of DOCX file.

Different Ways to Repair Severely Corrupted Word Document
To fix or recover corrupted Word Document, there are various solutions available that a user can use and all of them are discussed below:

    Solution 1: Use Open & Repair Feature by Microsoft

  1. First of all, open MS Word application on the local machine. Note: Do not open the severely damaged Word file that you need to repair.
  2. After that, click on the File tab and then, click the Open button. Or, simply press Ctrl+O Keys.
  3. Then, the Open window will be opened. Now, Browse the corrupt Word file location.
  4. Here, you need to click on the file and choose it. But do not open it, as you need to click on the drop-down arrow button next to the Open button.
  5. Now, choose Open and Repair from the displayed and let the MS Word program begin the process to repair Word document.

However, the process may take few seconds to repair corrupted Word document and open it in the MS Word program. Bur, if the Word document is badly damaged, then it might be possible that manual trick fails.

    Solution 2: Automated Approach to Repair Severely Corrupted Word Document

As discussed above manual solution is not able to fix and repairs highly damaged DOC & DOCX file. So to overcome all such limitations a user needs to look for some other solution. One such solution is Word Recovery Tool which helps to fix corrupted Word document without any hassle. In addition, the tool preserves the original folder structure intact and a user can use this application on any version of the Microsoft Windows OS.

The above-discussed methods will definitely fix or repair severely corrupted Word Document. It might be possible that the manual method fails but the third-party tool discussed above is capable to remove any type of corruption from DOC and DOCX file.

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  1. 29 December 17

    Another Word Document recovery tool is very much capable of restoring data, images, graphs, OLE objects, tables and other information from inaccessible Word files accurately.It is primarily designed to repair and recover Word file documents that has accidently lost, damaged due to different logical and physical reasons.Read more details at:

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