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How to Fix Saved Word document Appears Blank When Opened

Updated on Apr 13, 2018 by Abby Haines to File Recovery


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!

My saved Word document opening blank. 0kb

"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 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.

Fix#1. 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.

Fix#2. Restore the blank Word document to a previous version

1. Right-click the blank Word document, choose Restore previous versions
2. In the list of previous recovery points, choose the latest one.
3. Click 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.

Fix#3. 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 Mac computer, please choose the Mac version. Then follow the steps below:

Step 1. Select the drive that used to save the blank Word document and click "Scan" button.

Recover blank Word document - select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first to search the lost data. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Recover blank Word document - run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. Preview all the listed recoverable Word files, choose those you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Preview and recover blank Word document