Solved corrupted word 2013 document

December 24, 2015 at 10:21:07
Specs: Windows 7
Yesterday I was working on a very important Microsoft Word (2013) document, when it suddenly crashed. Upon trying to reopen the file Word said: “The file is corrupted and cannot be opened”. I have tried all of the other methods of restoring it, such as opening it in a different program, or opening it and choosing "open and repair" in MS Word.

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December 24, 2015 at 12:08:36
You can try running it from the command line:

Click Start
Click Run
Type in: winword.exe /a

The /a command line switch will force Word to run and prevents add-ins and global templates from being loaded automatically.

See if that works.


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December 25, 2015 at 06:35:00
There are various commercial tools available that could help you to fix a corrupt docx file. And there are also websites that provide this service for free. A google search is advisable.

Possible help below, eRepair Word

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December 25, 2015 at 07:42:15
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The new .DOCX files are actually a compressed or zip file.
If all else fails you may be able to recover some, if not all, of your data by going into the compressed file and extracting it by hand.

If you wish to try, this process has worked for me in the past:

Open the .docx file with something like 7-zip, which is an open source archive program. You can also use Zip.

Once you have the file open, you should see three directory's and one file:


Open the directory: word

Inside the word directory, there should be a file called: document.xml

This is the file that contains your data, along with a ton of xml markup stuff which you will have to remove.

Copy the file document.xml to someplace you can work on it.

Next, you will have to use a text editor like JEdit or Notepad++ to open the document.xml file.

(Regular Notepad or Wordpad will not accept the wildcard search string below.)

To start, do a Find or Search, and use the wildcard search string:


and Replace with nothing.

The above search string should remove most, if not all, of the XML markups.

You should go through the whole document and make sure you got it all, then save the data with a new file name and you can then re-import the data into a new Word file.


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