How to Fix Word Document Is Blank When Opened

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Saved Word document is blank when open and shows 0 bytes? This is a common and tricky Word related problem that many users may run into. Here are some troubleshooting methods that can help you recover a blank Word document. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help you restore lost Word files with ease when the problematic Word document appears empty.

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Use Open and Repair Feature Start Word > "File" > "Open" > Select blank word > "Open and Repair"...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from Previous Version Right-click blank word > "Properties" > "Previous Version"...Full steps
Fix 3. Use File Recovery Software Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan device > Restore lost Word...Full steps

"I was working on a Word document (about 5 pages of a report) for a long time yesterday and saved it several times. But this morning, when I tried to open the document, it just showed up blank and said zero Bytes. I AM IN HUGE TROUBLE. Does anyone have the same problem? Why is my saved Word document blank when I open it? How can I recover blank Word documents?"

Why Does Your Word Documents Say Zero Bytes 

Microsoft saved Word document shows 0 bytes and appears blank when opened. There are two reasons for this problem.

  • The document has been corrupted in some way. In this case, the content of your Word document is gone, and the file shows up as empty.
  • The original file showing the normal size is missing due to unknown causes. And the problematic Word file appears as blank in zero bytes.

When you see a blank word, instead of wondering how this happened, the first thing that needs to do is finding a way to recover lost Word document. If your Word document opens blank because that you forgot to save it, the solution is different. Follow the link below to see the details.

How to Recover a Blank Word Document

On this page, we cover three possible solutions to help you recover saved Word document shows blank after saving when opened. The first two ways allow you to recover Word using the Open and Repair feature of Word or from the previous versions. The third option is taking a data recovery application that provides you the last chance to recover lost original Word file. 

Word document blank when opened on Mac? Look here!
Many users have complained about the same problem in the apple community - Word opens as a blank page on Mac. Once the problem develops, shutting down and restarting Word or computer does not fix the problem. If you also have this issue, try to restore the lost Word file on Mac to fix Word document blank when opened. 

Fix 1. Open Word Document Blank Using Open and Repair Feature

1. Start Word.

2. On the File menu or the Microsoft Office button, click "Open".

3. In the Open dialog box, click to select the blank Word file.

4. Click the down arrow on the Open button, and then click "Open and Repair".

This Microsoft Word built-in feature will then fix the problem of corruption that is detected within these documents.

Fix 2. Restore a Blank Word Document from Previous Versions

Some users have reported that this workaround is effective in bringing back blank or 0 bytes Word file. It is worth giving it a try. But note that, to restore a file from the previous versions, you need to enable the File History or restore points in advance; otherwise, this won't be available. 

1. Right-click the blank Word document, choose to "Restore previous versions". 

2. In the list of previous recovery points, choose the latest one.

3. Click the "Restore" button to recover it back. 

restore blank Word documents from previous versions

Fix 3. Recover Lost Word Document with File Recovery Software 

As described before, the saved Word document is blank when opened may result from other reasons instead of corruption, like a virus attack that will delete the original file and show you the document in question. Under this circumstance, you can try to use a file recovery program - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore the lost Word document. Download and install this program on your PC and follow the steps below to recover blank Word documents. 

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, connect it to your computer first. Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan all lost data.

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive, and you'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results. After the scan, click "Filter" and choose "Word" from the drop-down list to navigate the wanted Word documents. 

scan word files

Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

You're allowed to double-click and preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired Word file and click "Recover".

select word documents and recover

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Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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