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How to Recover the Damaged Word Files

When you try to open a Word document, if the system has no respond, the most likely reason may be the document has been damaged. Word cannot be opened? What should you do? At this time, you can try the following methods. Maybe they can retrieve all or part of your loss.


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1. Automatically recover unsaved changes

Word provides “automatic restore” function, it can help users find the unsaved document when the program has encountered a problem and stop responding. In fact, when you have to restart the computer and Word under the condition that the Word document had not been saved, the system will open the “document recovery” task pane which has listed all the files have been restored when program stopped responding. Behind the file name is the status indicator, it displays the operations which have been done to the files in the recovery process

“Document recovery” task pane lets you open the file, check for the repair and compare with the restored version. Then you can save the best version and remove other versions, or save all the opened files for later preview. However, the “document recovery” task pane is the new function of Word XP, in the previous version, Word will directly open the automatically recovery files and display them.

2. Manually open the recovery files

When you restart the Word after the serious breakdown or similar problems, the program will automatically recover any files. If for some reasons the recovery file is not open, you can open it manually, the steps are as follows:

1) Click “open” button in the “common” toolbar;

2) In the folder list, double-click the file folder which has stored the recovered files. For the Windows 2000/XP operating system, the position is usually “C: documents and settings\Application DataMicrosoftWord” folder; for the Windows 98 / Me operating system, the position is usually “C: WindowsApplication DataMicrosoftWord” folder;

3) Click “all files” in the “file type” box. The name of each recovery file appears as “automatically recover” save file name and the program file extension;

4) Click on the file name you want to restore, and then click the “open” button.

3. “Open and Repair” file

Word XP provides a new method for restoration of the damaged documents, the steps are as follows:

1) Click “open” command in the “file” menu;

2) In the “look in” list, click the drive, folder, or Internet location which contains the file you want to open;

3) In the folder list, open the folder which contains the files you want to open;

4) Select the file you want to restore;

5) Click on the arrow which is beside the “open” button, and then click the “open and repair” button.

If you have tried the above three methods but you still can’t recover your Word document, I think you will need a Word recovery software. Here is a professional program which can easily help you restore the lost or deleted Word files. You can refer to this guide to learn how to retrieve deleted/lost/damaged Word files.

 By Kim

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