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Fix Word not opening on Mac

Updated on Dec 14, 2017 by Jean to Mac File Recovery

Summary

How to fix Word not opening on Mac when Microsoft Word flashes or needs to close? How to recover Word contents after force quit? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac now gives answer.

Why won't Microsoft Word open on my Mac?

"Word 2016 on my Mac won't open. It flashes immediately by double click and then closes unexpectedly. I didn't do anything or any change. How do I fix Microsoft Word if it won't open at all?"

As Microsoft Word is widely used among students in school and workers in office, owning some basic Word troubleshooting is recognized as an essential skill, and today you're going to learn one more trick in solving Word not opening on Mac without losing contents.

How to fix Word not opening on Mac?

Following are the most commonly seen error when Users of both Windows PC and Mac being unable to open a Word document. It's nice to read further for corresponding solutions if having one of the errors in the list.

  1. 1. The application Microsoft Word quit unexpectedly
  2. 2. Microsoft Word has encountered a problem and needs to close
  3. 3. 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

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.
Step 2. Start the Disk Utility program.
Step 3. Choose the primary hard disk drive for your computer.
Step 4. Click the First Aid tab.
Step 5. Click Repair Disk Permissions.

# 2. Remove Word preferences

Step 1. Open Library and then Preferences folder.
Step 2. Locate a file named as com.microsoft.Word.plist. Move the file to the desktop.
Step 3. Now start Word and check whether the problem still occurs. If yes, go and restore the file to its original location and start it over.

Step 1. Open Library and then Preferences folder.
Step 2. Open the Microsoft folder and locate a file named as com.microsoft.Word.prefs.plist. Move it to the desktop.
Step 3. Now start Word and check whether the problem still occurs. If yes, go and restore the file to its original location and start it over again.

Step 1. Open Library and then Preferences folder.
Step 2. Open the Application Support folder.
Step 3. Open the Microsoft folder. 
Step 4. Open the Office folder. 
Step 5. Open the User Templates folder. 
Step 6. Locate the file that is named Normal, and move the file to the desktop. 

# 3. Try to open, repair and recover Word

Step 1. Start Word. On the File menu, click Open.
Step 2. In the Open dialog box, click to select the file that you want to open.
Step 3. Click the down arrow on the Open button and then click Open and Repair.

Read also how to open, repair and recover Word for Windows.

How to recover deleted and unsaved Word on Mac?

Do not worry if Word not opening 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, take the easiest way of recovery with third-party Mac data recovery software.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac supports to recover Word document that is crashing, 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. Select the location where your important Word documents were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where your documents lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost documents

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the Word files you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover Now button to get them back at once.

click the recover now button to recover lost documents on your Mac