How can I recover corrupt .DOCX documents?

Nick47vertigo June 23, 2014

How to recover word 2013 file?

I used a disk recovery tool to recover some previously formatted files. However I am having problems with the .docx files [MS Word]. I use Microsoft Office 2013 and below is the message on the screen when I tried to open the recovered word documents:

Word experienced an error trying to open the file. I tried the suggestions from Word 2013, but still couldn’t open the document.

I tried opening with Notepad but all I got was some funny machine language. Any help please, the files are so important!

  1. Johndow27
    July 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Unless it's completely unreadable, modern versions of MS Office (2003 - present) have built in document recovery software. Just open the document and it will revert to the last saved version.

  2. kihara
    June 26, 2014 at 5:28 am

    There are some workarounds that work on corrupted Word 2010 .docx documents which might also work on 2013 e.g. uploading to Zoho Writer, Google Docs or MS Word online and then try opening the file using your browser. If that doesn't work, try Word recovery software

  3. Hovsep A
    June 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    well it is possible that the file is not recovered completely (fully recovered )

    Recover the text from a damaged document

    Troubleshooting damaged documents in Word for Windows

    How to troubleshoot damaged documents in Word 2007 and in Word 2010

    How to troubleshoot damaged Word documents

    you can try to open in openoffice or softmaker free office

    you can also try to repair perhaps you will get few parts of the entire word file, in this case you have to seach repair office or repair word shareware on the net.

    you can try a freeware Repair My Word - FREE

  4. Jan F
    June 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    It may just be an issue with the Word Trust Center.

    right-click > Properties on the DOCX file and click "Unblock" if available.

    Within Word go into Options > Trust Center
    click on the "Trust Center Settings" button
    select "Protected View" and uncheck all 3 options listed

    Try opening it again