How to Recover Corrupt Microsoft Office Word Document

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A corrupted Microsoft Office file, be it Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, or Infopath is when you attempt to open the document and it contains garbage characters. Some well known errors such as, “Word cannot open the document.” or “Word cannot recognize the document format.” is a pain in the ass, all those effort when down the drain, things are made worth if you find yourself without a secondary backup file.

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How to Recover Corrupt Microsoft Office Word Document

Method 1 – Use the build in Recovery and Repair tool

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All version of Microsoft Office has an extensive Auto Repair and Recovery tool built into it, this option allows the user to recover their corrupted Microsoft Office file in the event of failure or human error. However, this recovery tool is no perfect, like all Microsoft product, the detect and repair tool is a fairly basic engine, not powerful enough in case of a critical error.

Method 2 – Use a 3rd party Recovery Tool for Corruptted Files

  • – Ontrack’s EasyRecovery FileRepair
  • – Office Recovery
  • Doc Repair – Recover your corrupted Microsoft Word document
  • – Kernel Word Recovery Software- Repair Corrupt Word Document [DOC] Files
  • – Repair My Word

Download these third party Microsoft Office Word recovery tools for a small fee, they are worth every penny, believe me. Please take note that these software does not comes with serial, crack, keygen. It is recommended that the user purchase the end product for the maximum output of file recovery.

These recovery tools will allow you to obtain access to the contents of corrupt word documents. It will repair Microsoft Word 6.0, Word 95, 97, 2000, XP, and 2003 for Windows. It is simple to use. Just open the corrupt Word file, preview the recoverable text in the preview window and save this text to a new error free Word file. The demo version will do the trick.

Method 3 – Recover Microsoft Office Files from Temporary File

How to Recover Corrupt Microsoft Office Word Document

Another method is to locate the temporary file of the original file, usually the file hidden and stored on the same folder as the original. Enable ‘view all files’ in the “tools” -> “Folder Options” -> “View”. Enable View hidden files and locate the hidden Microsoft Office file.

This temporary file will have a few different letters after the tilde (or squiggly line “ ~”) . These are good ones to look for to find some lost info:

  • A word document file will look like ~wrdxxxx.tmp
  • A temp document file will look like ~wrfxxxx.tmp
  • An auto recovery file will look like ~wraxxxx.tmp

Copy the file to a designated folder and rename the file extension from .tmp to .doc

happy worker

17 comments on “How to Recover Corrupt Microsoft Office Word Document

  1. Repair my world
    Repair my world December 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    My MS Office file are currupt

  2. Alan Lancaster
    Alan Lancaster January 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    HI There,

    Thanks for this guidance, it worked for me and recovered a very important document, saving me hours of work.

    Many Thanks


  3. upendra
    upendra May 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    my files has been corrupt.
    word file, excel file and other jpg files cannot be opened.

    can you help ?

    the file needs encoding.

    • mohan
      mohan March 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      my word files has been corrupt.
      word file cannot be opened.

      can you help ?

      the file needs encoding.

  4. jual rumah
    jual rumah June 25, 2009 at 12:32 am - Reply

    It’s not just my file corrupted but all the contents of a folder was deleted. How can I redeem all my files ? Please tell me everybody.

  5. David Poul
    David Poul August 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm - Reply


    Nice thread.
    As you discuss about third party tools then i want to say that there are number of third party tool available on web. Some of the word repair tools work well. Once I use Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery Software. It helps me and recovered a very important document

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  7. Des
    Des April 27, 2010 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!!!! I tried Method 3, and i’ve got my document back! God bless you; you have no idea how grateful i am.

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  9. foobar
    foobar September 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm - Reply


    My thesis suddenly f’ked up. It was due to some corrupt graphics. I located the faulty image, and tried to work around it by manually deleting it, but when I deleted it I deleted some hidden formatting, which made my Word 2010 shut down.

    THANK GOD for the .tmp file. =)

  10. AP
    AP February 3, 2011 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Another tip:

    Attach the corrupted file to your email and send it to yourself. Then instead of downloading it, open it in html. Then hopefully you can recover all your text (though not your images)

  11. Michelle
    Michelle February 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    If your forgot the document passwords, a professional Word Password Recovery program can recover word password.
    Word Password Recovery 5.0 recovers Password to Open and removes Password to Open and Password to Modify easily for Microsoft Word of all versions from 97 to 2007.

  12. Haqa
    Haqa March 9, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Method 3 worked!! Thank you so much! :)

  13. vl
    vl March 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Recovery for Word 4 has the ability to recover a large range of elements, formatting, OLE objects from corrupted Word 97-2010 documents.

  14. rima
    rima March 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    my file’s error message says “opening and closing tags don’t match”, I don’t know what the hell this means, but no third party software was able to fix it, please help, it’s a book I’ve been writing for ages

  15. Edvin Thomus
    Edvin Thomus February 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply


    The Microsoft Word documents are corrupted due to virus attack, improper shutdown of system and due to some software conflicts.

    When I tried to install dual operating system in my laptop due to some bad sector formation, I lost my project report.

    One of my friend suggested me about software i.e Word repair tool, which can easily repair corrupted or broken word files. If you face the this kind of problem then you can refer the links given below. You can even download the free trail version of the Word Repair software and evaluate the recovery results.

  16. Franco Harris
    Franco Harris October 15, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Word files are very essential for my friends’ day to day activity. But recently some of his word files got corrupted. I recommended him to use Remo Repair Word and the results were expectedly positive with every file getting repaired.

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