How to Fix Saved Word document Appears Blank When Opened

Abby Haines updated on Jan 03, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


You saved Microsoft Word document appears blank and shows 0 bytes when opened? Here are some troubleshooting steps that help you recover your files back. If the free methods are not helpful, please try the free download EaseUS disk data recovery and see if it works!

"I worked on a paper for school and saved it. But today, when I was trying to open the document, it just shows up blank and says Zero Bytes. Pls does anyone have a solution to retrieve my documents?"

Why does your saved Word document open up blank

Microsoft Word document shows 0 bytes and appears blank when opened which suggests that the document has been corrupted in some way. And when it attacks, the content of your Word document is gone and the file is showed up as empty. Instead of wondering how this happened, the main question is what can you do to recover lost Word document

Things you can do to recover Word document when it appears blank after saving

In light of this, we created several effective solutions to help you manage the job when your Word document becomes blank after saving and trying to open. Just read below to learn a detailed tutorial.

Fix1. Open blank Word document 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 problems or corruptions that are detected within these documents.

Fix2. Restore the blank Word document to a previous version

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. 

Some users said it worked to bring back their blank or 0 bytes Word file back. So it is worth giving it a try.

Fix3. Recover blank Word document with EaseUS recovery software 

Still can't fix the blank Word document after trying all of the above two methods? The EaseUS disk data recovery's free trial version is here to help! First, download and install the program on your PC. If you use a Mac computer, please choose the Mac version. 

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It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

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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The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

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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