10 Word Repair Fixes to Open and Repair Corrupt Word 2016/2019 in 2020

Tracy King updated on Oct 15, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

Are you unable to open or read content in a Word document file? Calm down when your Word 2016/2019 and other older versions won't open or even becomes corrupted, damaged, or unreadable on Windows 10/8/7. EaseUS Word repair tool with other 9 Microsoft fixes are available here to help. For an efficient solution, let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard help to open and repair Word 2016 immediately.

Open and repair Word 2016 with EaseUS Word repair tool

Quick Steps to Open and Repair a Corrupted Word 2016 File:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Word repair tool.

Step 2. Scan and repair corrupt, unreadable, won't open Word 2016 file. 

Step 3. Preview and save the repaired Word 2016 document.

Have you ever had a troublesome case that Microsoft Word 2016 seems can't open a .doc or .docx Word file? Are you having trouble to open a Word file as it says that "Word experienced an error trying to open the file" or "Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt"?

If you are experiencing the same issues on Windows PC, check out and find the right way to fix Word 2016 won't open or unreadable issues on this page.

PAGE CONTENT:
How Do I Open and Repair a Corrupt Word 2016 Document
Part 1. 10 Fixes to Open and Repair Word 2016/2019
Part 2. Bonus Tip: How to Open and Repair a Corrupt Word File on Mac
Further FAQs

Related: Fix Word Not Opening on Mac

How Do I Open and Repair a Corrupt Word 2016 Document

Here, in this part, we'll show you how to determine whether it's the Microsoft Word application crash or the Word file won't open issue.

If you met one of the following listed errors while trying to open a Word 2016/2019 or 2013, even older versions, you are having a problematic Word document file on your Windows computer:

Error 1 - "Word experienced an error trying to open the file"

Word unable to open

When this error pops up, you can try the given suggestions to open and repair Word document on your own:

* Check the file permissions for the document or drive.

* Make sure there is sufficient free memory and disk space.

* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter.

All these methods are covered on this page in Part 1 with detailed tutorial steps.

Error 2 - "Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt."

Word unable to read

The other typical Word document corrupt symptom is that Word document becomes unreadable. The error also comes up with the following suggested fixes:

* Open and repair the file.

* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter.

Error 3 - "Word cannot open the document"

Word document not opening

This error usually comes when a user doesn't access privileges.

Check out and follow any one of the listed fixes in the next part, you'll be able to repair and open a Word file in Microsoft Word 2016/2019/2013, or even older versions successfully.

Part 1. 10 Fixes to Open and Repair Word 2016/2019

Applies to fix: Microsoft word won't open, open an unreadable Word document, access and fix corrupt Word 2016 document, etc.

So how do you fix a corrupted Word document file? And do you know how to open and repair a corrupt Word 2016 when any one of the above cases occurs? Here, you'll unveil * practical fixes that will help you effectively repair and fix corrupt Word 2016/2019, etc., on your own:

  1. #1. Use EaseUS Word Repair Tool
  2. #2. Unlock Word File
  3. #3. Use Text Recovery Converter
  4. #4. Insert the File in a New Document
  5. #5. Open Corrupt Word in Draft Mode
  6. #6. Make Sufficient Free Memory and Disk Space
  7. #7. Use Open and Repair
  8. #8. Change the Word Document Format
  9. #9. Open the Document with Notepad
  10. #10. Find and Recover from Temporary Autosave File

Note that these fixes also work to fix and repair corrupted documents in Microsoft Office Word 2013/2010/2007, etc. Also, the former the fixes are listed, the more efficient it will be to repair the corrupt Word file.

Pick up one and follow to learn how to make your corrupt 2016 Word document openable and readable again:

Method 1. Use EaseUS Word Repair Tool

Works to: Open and repair Word 2016/2019 in only 3 steps.

Best for: All levels of Microsoft users, especially friendly for beginners.

When your Word 2016 or 2019 Word file won't open, the most urgent thing is repairing the file and finding all precious content. To make things easy for you, EaseUS data recovery D&R team has come up with a straightforward method to help you out by adding a new algorithm into the latest version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which makes it a powerful Word repair tool.

Unlike other Word file repair tools, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will automatically repair the corrupted, damaged, or unreadable Word file for you during the scanning and previewing process.

Download this software and follow to learn how to repair your corrupt Word document files on your own:

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

Besides support opening and repairing corrupt Word 2016/2019 files, you may also apply this software to repair other types of files, for example, to repair excel files, repair damaged videos, images, etc.

Method 2. Unlock Word File

Works to: Open Word 2016/2019 that was altered by a third-party software during the transmission process.

Best for: Beginners

When you try to open a Word 2016/2019 file, an error message with "Word experienced an error trying to open the file...", it's usually caused by third-party software while transferring or gaining permission to access the file.

You can try to unlock the file with the following steps:

Step 1. Right-click the problematic Word file and select "Properties".

Step 2. On the General tab, uncheck "Read-Only" > "OK".

Unlock Word

Now, you should be able to open this Word file on your computer without any further issues.

Note that if you met this error on many Word documents, try the following steps:

Step 1. Copy and move all problematic Word documents to the same folder.

Step 2. Open Word 2016 and click "File" > "Options".

Step 3. Click "Trust Center" and then click "Trust Center Settings".

Change trust location

Step 4. Click "Trusted Locations" > "Add new location".

Browse to choose new location

Step 5. Browse a new location to save those files, click "OK" > "OK" to complete.

Method 3. Use Text Recovery Converter

Works to: Fix Word document unreadable or won't open issue.

Best for: Experienced Word 2016/2019 users.

Step 1. Open the Word 2016 application, go to File > Open.

Step 2. Click "Browse".

Open problematic Word 2016 document

Step 3. Navigate to select the not opening Word 2016 file and select "Recover Text from Any File (*.*) from the dropdown menu.

Use Text Recovery Converter

Step 4. Click "Open" and wait patiently, the Word application will re-open and display your Word 2016 document content.

Step 5. Once you see the file content, we suggest you copy and content and save it as a new file in case of further issues.

Method 4. Insert the File in a New Document

Works to: Open a not opening Word document.

Best for: Beginners and experienced Word users.

Step 1. Open Word 2016 application and create a blank new Word document.

Step 2. On the menu bar, go to the Insert tab, click "Insert Object", and select "Text from File".

Open insert fearture in 2016

Step 3. In the Insert File box, locate and select the not opening, corrupt or damaged Word file, and select "Insert".

Insert Word 2016 file to a new document

Step 4. Wait for the application to open and read the corrupt Word 2016 document content.

You may also copy and save the content to a new blank document.

Method 5. Use Open and Repair

Works to: Open and repair corrupt Word file in 2016/2019/2013, etc.

Best for: Beginners and experienced Word users.

Step 1. Open the Word 2016 application, go to "File" > "Open" > "Browse".

Bring up Open and repair feature

Step 2. Go to the location or folder where your problematic Word document is saved, and select the corrupted Word file.

Step 3. Click the dropdown arrow next to Open, and select "Open and Repair".

Use Open and repair to fix Word file

Wait for the process to complete, when you can see your Word content, copy and save the content to a new file.

Method 6. Open Corrupt Word in Draft Mode

Works to: Open a not opening Word file in 2016/2019/2013, etc.

Best for: Experienced and professional users.

Step 1. Open the Word application, go to the View tab, select "Draft" in the Views group.

Step 2. Select "File" > "Options" > "Advanced".

Open Advaced settings in Word 2016

Step 3. In the Show document content section, select "Use draft font in Draft and Outline views" and "Show picture placeholders".

Open and repair corrupted Word in Draft Mode

Step 4. Go to the Display section, uncheck "Update automatic links at open", select "OK" and close Word.

Step 5. Restart the Word application, go to "File" > "Open".

Step 6. Select the damaged or not opening Word 2016 file, then select "Open".

Method 7. Change the Word Document Format

Works to: Open and save a not opening or unreadable Word file in other formats.

Best for: All levels of Word users.

Step 1. Start Word 2016 application and go to "File" > "Open".

Step 2. Select the unreadable or corrupt Word document and select "Open".

Step 3. Go to "File" > "Save as" > Select "Browse".

Open problematic file in Word 2016

Step 4. In the Save as file type list, select "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)".

Open and repair Word 2016 by changing file format

Step 5. Select "Save". Then close Word.

Step 6. After this, you can double-click to open the RTF file and check out your Word 2016 document content.

If the file opens and your file content is safely saved in the file, you can repeat the above steps to save the file as a Word document in .doc or .docx file.

Method 8. Open the Document with Notepad

Works to: Open a not opening or damaged Word file in Notepad.

Best for: All levels of Word users.

Step 1. Open the folder where you saved the damaged Word document in File Explorer.

Step 2. Right-click the damaged Word 2016 file and select "Open with".

Step 3. Select "Notepad" as the tool to open Word.

Open and repair Word 2016 using Notepad

Step 4. Wait for the Notepad to open the Word document.

Method 9. Make Sufficient Free Memory and Disk Space

Works to: Open a not opening Word file caused by insufficient memory and disk space.

Best for: Experienced and professional users.

Sometimes, when the memory and disk space is insufficient, Windows operating system will not allow the Word application to open a file or even create a new document. So the best way is to increase memory and disk space.

Fortunately, there are many ways that can work to increase memory and disk space on your computer. Some of them are easy, but some are not.

For a more detailed guide, please refer to: Five Fixes for "There is not enough memory or disk space to run Word" Error.

Method 10. Find and Recover from Temporary Autosave File

Works to: Alternative way to open or repair a not opening/damaged Word file from Temporary Autosave File.

Best for: All levels of Word 2016/2019, etc., users.

The last efficient way you can try is to open the Temporary Autosave File folder and find the temp file of the not opening or damaged Word file.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Open Word 2016 application and go to "File".

Open Word 2016

Step 2. Click "Manage Document" and select "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the dropdown list.

Manage document

Step 3. Check and select the temporary files of your problematic Word document saved with .asd extension.

find temprorary file

Step 4. Wait for Word application to open the recovered Word document and click "Save As" to save it as a new document.

Resave temp files

Part 2. How to Open and Repair a Corrupt Word File on Mac

Applies to: Fix and repair a corrupt Word 2016/2019/2013 and even older versions of Word file on Mac.

Best for: All levels of Word and Mac users.

If you are having a similar issue of being unable to open a word document on Mac, you can apply the Mac version of EaseUS repair tool - Data Recovery Wizard for Mac for help.

It also works to help you repair a Word document that is corrupted on Mac in only 3 steps. What's more, it even supports fixing corrupted Excel files, repairing corrupted MOV files on Mac.

Make sure you download the right version and follow the tutorial steps below to open and repair Word 2016 on your Mac computer:

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

In The End

On this page, we covered the symptoms that can help you identify if a Word file is corrupted or not opening. And we also collected 10 practical fixes to help you effectively open and repair Word document files in Microsoft Office 2016/2019, etc.

For a quick and secure way, EaseUS Word repair tool - Data Recovery Wizard is a must-have tool that you can't miss. Besides fixing corrupted Word file, you may also use it to repair excel, videos, images, etc., with ease.

Further FAQs about Corrupted Word File Repair

1. How to define if it's the Word application or the Word document corrupted?

On this page, we've listed the symptoms and error messages that may show up on your computer when a Word document is not opening or corrupted.

Here are some symptoms that you can apply to determine whether it is your Word application that crashed:

Error 1 - "Microsoft Word has stopped working"

If you see the error message that says“A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Please close the program", you will need to find methods to fix the crashed Word program.

You may also interest in: 8 Fixes for Microsoft Word Has Stopped Working.

Error 2 - "WINWORD.EXE - Application Error" or Error Code

If "The application was unable to start correctly (0x000142). Click OK to close this application" or similar error codes pop up while starting up Microsoft Word, you are having an issue on your Word application.

2. Where is open and repair in Word?

As we know that the Open and Repair option can fix corrupted Word document. So how to find it? You can follow this path to find it:

Open Word App > File > Open > Browse > Select the corrupted Word file > Besides Open, click the dropdown arrow to bring up "Open and Repair".

3. Why is my word document not opening?

Whether networked or stand-alone, documents may fail to open because the data file itself is corrupted or because the file is being loaded from a damaged disk. The key to getting data out of Word documents that won't load is not to panic.

Searching and trying practical Word recovery and repair methods is your next move. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with other 9 fixes are recommended on this page in Part 1 are ready to help. Just revert and pick up one to make your Word openable and work again.

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