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How to resolve Word was unable to read this document?

by larendaniel

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Have you noticed that MS Word document(s) sometime show junk characters? Or, you fail to open a Microsoft Word file. These signs clearly indicate Word document corruption. Several error messages informing about the corruption of Word document flash on the screen when you attempt to open corrupt Word document. It is an unexpected data loss situation, which can knock all your work out of reach. But, you cannot afford to lose so much data. To get over this problem a backup proves beneficial. If backup is not available, then make use of a third party word repair software. These tools are specially meant to repair word file.

Consider a practical scenario wherein you face problem when you attempt to open a destroyed or damaged Microsoft Office Word 2003 document file in your system. It does not open and a nasty error message appears on the screen:

“Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt.
Try one or more of the following:
* Open and Repair the file.
* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter.
(C:\Documents and Settings\...\test.doc)”

After encountering above error message your precious data cannot be accessed. This error message appears every time you try to open that corrupt word file.

Reason for the appearance of above error to surface is that you are trying to open a corrupt Word document. Word documents can become corrupt because of many reasons. But, whatever may be the reason, corrupt word document cannot be opened unless repaired.

Follow the below mentioned suggestions to overcome this issue:

You can solve this problem by installing Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 in your system.
If the above installation doesn't resolve the problem, then to access or manage destroyed or damaged Word document, make use of Open and Repair option as suggested in error.
But if Open and Repair also fails to recover Word file, then you have an option of a third party Word repair software. These tools repair Word file and allow you to access data of the Word file. These tools are read only and non-destructive in nature. No special help is needed for using this software and to repair Word file. You may also download a demo version of the software, if available. These tools do not require any prior recovery experience.

Stellar Word Repair is a proficient tool that can repair Word file and recover its content, such as text, tables, graphics, embedded images etc. It shows compatibility with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, NT, and 2000, and supports recovery of files created with MS Word 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000.

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