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How to recover corrupt Docx file?

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Hi Guys,

I am using MS Word 2007 from last 2 years and maintain my all documents in Docx format. However, it has been corrupted due to bug issue in MS Word. Please guide me how to get back my crucial data as soon as possible.



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Sometimes (it depends on the actual corruption) another word processor (compatible with the .docx format) or a "small utilty tool" may be able to open the files.
An example:

Basically a .docx is a .zip archive containing several .xml files.

So it is possible that the corruption involves the "outer" archive, in this case a .zip repairing utility may be useful

First thing I would do would be to open the .docx in 7-zip and (if it opens) extract from it the file \word\document.xml (this should be the part that contains all the text.
The "unzipping engine" in Office is particularly "picky" and can often fail whereas other tools might work.

Are you sure that it is a Word bug?
(and not as an example a disk problem? :unsure:)

There are several Commercial/Shareware tools to recover corrupted .docx files, and most have demo to see if full version will work.

There are a few Freeware tools to at least extract the TEXT:


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thanx for the info jaclaz!

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