On this page, we have collected three practical solutions that can help fix the "Word Not Opening" error on Mac. And if you mistakenly removed a Word file on Mac, let reliable Mac file recovery software as recommended here for help. Check out how to fix the not opening Word file to accessible again:
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. Repair Disk||Open Disk Utility > Select the primary hard disk on Mac and select "First Aid" > Click "Run"...Full steps|
|Fix 2. Remove Word Preference||Open "Library" > Open "Preferences" > Copy com.microsoft.Word.plist file to desktop...Full steps|
|Fix 3. Open and Repair Word||Start Word > Click "Open" on the File menu > Click "Repair" on the Open button...Full steps|
|Fix 4. Recover Lost Word||Run EaseUS Mac file recovery software > Scan mac drive > Restore lost Mac word file...Full steps|
"Word 2016 on my Mac won't open. It flashes immediately by double-clicking and then closes unexpectedly. I didn't do anything or any change. How to fix it if Microsoft Word won't open at all?"
In addition to this situation, most users are also faced with these errors:
- The application Microsoft Word quit unexpectedly
- Microsoft Word has encountered a problem and needs to close
- Microsoft Word cannot be opened because of a problem. Check with the developer to make sure Microsoft Word works with this version of Mac OS X
As Microsoft Word is widely used among people, owning some basic Word troubleshooting is recognized as an essential skill. Today you're going to learn three tricks in solving Word not opening on Mac. The given workarounds are applicable to all Word editions such as 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 2016.
1. Run Repair Disk Permissions
Step 1: On the "Go" menu, click "Utilities". Start the Disk Utility program.
Step 2: Choose the primary hard disk drive for your computer. Then, click the "First Aid" tab.
Step 3: Click "Run" to repair the disk volume errors and permissions. When it finishes, click "Done".
2. Remove Word Preferences
Step 1: Open "Library". Usually, click "GO" > "Go to the folder", then type ~/Library
Step 2: Locate a file named as "Preferences".
Step 3: Find a file named com.microsoft.Word.plist. Move the file to the desktop.
Start Word, and check whether the problem still occurs.
If the problem still occurs, exit Microsoft Word, and then restore the "com.microsoft.word.prefs.plist" file to its original location. Then, go to Step 4.
If the problem seems to be resolved, you can move the file to the trash.
Note: If you do not locate the file, the program is using the default preferences.
Step 4: Exit all Microsoft Office for Mac programs. Then, Click the Word icon. On the left, click "Preferences".
Step 5: Click "File Locations".
Step 6: Select "User templates".
Step 7: Locate the file that is named Normal, and move the file to the desktop.
You can also find the file named as Normal through this way: "Library" > "Application Support" > "Microsoft" > "Office" > 'User Templates" > "Normal"
Start Word, and check whether the problem still occurs. If the problem seems to be resolved, you can move the "Normal" file to the trash.
3. Try to Open and Repair Word
Step 1: Start Word. On the File menu, click "Open".
Step 2: In the Open dialog box, select the file that you want to open. Click the down arrow on the Open button, click "Open" > "Repair".
Recover Deleted and Missing Word on Mac
Do not worry if the "Word not opening" issue causes data loss disaster, you can recover unsaved Word document on Mac from its Temporary folder and AutoRecovery save. While for a deleted Word document on Mac, the easiest way of recovery is using a third-party Mac data recovery software.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac also recovers Word document that is missing, deleted or lost due to formatting, virus infection and other misoperation, and the best part of using the software to recover Word is being able to preview the file entirety.
Step 1. Search for lost files
Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey and the latest Ventura. Click the "Search for lost files" button.
Step 2. Go through the scanning results
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.
Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover
In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.
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