How to Recover Damaged Word Document on Windows 10/8/7

Gemma updated on Aug 18, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

How to recover damaged Word document? If you have a problem opening a Word document and can assure that the material is damaged, you will find solutions in this article. An all-in-one data recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help you repair any Word document with ease.

How to Recover Damaged Word Document
The Reasons Why Your Word Document Got Damaged

The scenario of finding a Word document got corrupted, is always like this: you opened a Word file, but it didn't work correctly as usual. And there is a pop-up window saying, "Word is unable to read this document. It may be corrupt." Luckily, it doesn't mean you can do nothing but to give up your file and information. Both the Word and some third-party recovery tools can repair a Word document. Keep reading and check how to fix damaged Word documents.

Word was Unable to Read this Document

How to Recover Damaged Word Document

There are three methods you can try to repair the corrupted Word files. Firstly, try to use the self-troubleshooting programs built-in Word. If it doesn't work, give third-party data recovery software a chance to help you.

1. Open and Repair

This method should be the first action you can take to repair your file because this is the built-in trouble-shooting program. If the Word file damage is not so severe, you might solve your problem from this stage.

Step 1. Open the Microsoft Word, head to File > Open > Browse.

Click Browse in Word

Step 2. Find and choose the damaged file, right-click the "Open" button on the lower right.

Step 3. Choose the "Open and Repair" mode to open your damaged document.

Choose Open and Repair

If you can open your Word document successfully with this method, then trouble is solved. If this method doesn't work, don't worry, you can try another one.

2. Use "Recover Text from Any File" Converter

This method is also a Microsoft built-in solution. It works by recovering the text part of your Word Document. So you might lose the document format, graphics, and drawing objects in your file with this solution. Here are the detailed steps of how to recover damaged Word document by Recover Text from Any File converter.

Step 1. Open the Microsoft Word, go to File > Open > Browse.

Go to Browse Page

Step 2. Unfold the files of type column, and choose "Recover Text from Any File(.)".

Click Recover Text from Any File

Step 3. Then choose the document you want to repair, and click "Open".

3. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

If both of the above two methods failed to recover damaged Word documents, you should give data recovery software a chance. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help you recover the loss or corrupted data from various situations, including deletion, system crash, and virus attack. Now it supports users to repair both Word and Excel files within a few clicks. Please download the software and follow the steps below to see how to repair the corrupted Word file.

Step 1. Select a Location to Start Finding Crashed Word Files

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and then scan the missing or damaged word files.

repair word file

Step 2.  Repair and Recover Lost Word document

First, find the damaged files through filter, file path, search, etc.

Second, preview and repair. This program will automatically repair corrupted and damaged files.

repair damaged word files

Tip: It supports single file size <= 100MB.

Step 3.  Save the file to a secure location

Click Recover to save the repaired word files to a safe location. (Please note: DO NOT save the files back onto the same hard drive partition or external device where you lost the data from)

Save repaired word files to safe place

The Reasons Why Your Word Document Got Damaged

Most of the time, when you encountered a damaged Word file, you don't know why it appears. That's why we want to list all the possible reasons that lead to a corrupted Word file. Once you have identified the reasons, you might prevent yourself from trapping in the same dilemma.

  • Repeatedly renumbers the existing pages in the document
  • Repeatedly redoes the page breaks in the document
  • Incorrect document layout and formatting
  • Unreadable characters on the screen
  • Error messages during processing
  • A computer that stops responding when you open the file
  • Any other unexpected behavior that cannot be attributed to the typical operation of the program

The Bottom Line

Data loss and data corruption happen all the time, the best way you can protect your content is to make scheduled backups. But if file damage has already occurred, data recovery tools like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard are still the best solution because they cover various situations and are easy to operate. For example, you can fix an invalid image jpeg, restore data from corrupted partitions, and repair Excel document with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. If you are interested in this tool, please download it and have a try.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

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.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so 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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