How to tackle Word corruption using manual options?

MS Word saves text and other user information in doc or docx file format. Word documents get damaged due to certain reasons such as virus infection, unexpected system shutdown and several other reasons. You can recover inaccessible Word files using Auto Recover and Auto Backup features of MS Word 2010. However, if you’re unable to recover text or other information of Word document manually, then choose a professional Word recovery tool.

MS Word is the most popular text processing program used for storing large text information. It is available in the integrated MS Office software pack. MS Word enfolds attractive formatting, text editing and smart art graphics features that helps user in creating highly professional and attractive Text documents. MS Word documents are saved in .doc and .docx file formats. Likewise other Windows files and folders, Word document may get damaged due to multiple reasons such as:

  • Virus intrusion,

  • Corrupt storage devices such as hard disk, pen drive and others

  • Unexpected shutdown of MS Windows

  • MS Office crash

  • Incomplete saving of Word document

  • Incomplete download

Corrupt doc/docx file displays user information in incorrect formatting styles, layout and unsupported characters. Moreover, you will also encounter error messages while opening corrupt or damaged Word file as shown below:

  • File is corrupt

  • Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt.

  • Word experienced an error trying to open the file

  • The file xxx.docx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents

  • The interesting fact to know that many Word corruption issues are generated due to improper system shutdown and driver conflicts.


    If you can access certain information of a corrupt doc/doc file then copy the information in the new Word document. However, you’ll lose some valuable data while recovering Word document in a new doc/docx file.

    Understanding the woes of Word users, Microsoft has added “Auto Recovery” and “Auto Backup features” in MS Word 2010. Word Auto Recovery and Auto Backup features helps user in recovering unsaved, deleted or corrupt doc/docx files. In case you’ve enabled Auto Recovery option of MS Word 2010, you’ll be able to recover certain or almost all portions of the unsaved Word document. You can enable Auto Recovery option of MS Word using following steps:

    1. Click on the Start>Program>Microsoft office>Microsoft Word 2010

    2. In the new Document Windows, click on File menu and choose “Save” option

    3. Click on Tools>Save options

    4. Check the AutoSave option Check box in the new menu

    5. You can also specify the time interval such as 1 minute in the AutoSave check box

    6. Click “Apply” and then “Ok” button

    7. Close MS Word Windows

    You can also repair inaccessible docx files using “Open and Repair” option of MS Word 2010 using following steps:

    1. Click on Start>Program>Microsoft office>Microsoft Office 2010

    2. Right Click on the File menu and press “Open” to select the unreadable Word file from a system folder

    3. Click “Open and Repair” option in the new Windows

    4. Save the repaired Word document in a specific folder

    If you still experience trouble in accessing Word document after using “Open and Repair” option, recover it from the Word backup or WBK folder. You must enable AutoBackup check option of MS Word to create backup copies of your all Word files. In case you’ve using previous MS Office version or haven’t enabled Auto Recovery and Auto backup features of MS Word, then it will be extremely difficult to fix Word corruption manually. In that case, you must use third party Word recovery software to restore inaccessible doc and docx files.

    You’ll find many paid Word recovery programs on internet that can smoothly recover highly corrupt or damaged doc/docx files of a system. Professional Word Recovery tool extract all items of the corrupt Word file such as paragraphs, titles, tables, graphs, images, hyperlinks and many more. It saves recovered file information in the new doc or docx file. Almost all third party Word recovery programs are available in free evaluation version that allows user to access the key software features before purchasing.

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