Is your MS Word File Displaying Symbols Instead of Legible Text? Fix It in Three Easy Steps!

MS Word all together puts forth an incredible experience to create, modify and save documents and thus it is largely being used by people from diverse background. Although the problems related to MS Word application are relatively rare, some users have reported that their documents display unusual characters instead of original text. Here is a brief extract of one such instance reported by a user on Microsoft Community;

“I used MS Word application to create my project documentation. Everything was working fine till yesterday. But, today when I opened my document, I noticed that the text has changed from English to a combination of strange characters, symbols and some numbers. So can anyone tell me what has caused this? Is there anything that I can do to get back my Word file?”

All for once, looking at strange characters within the file, you might get mystified. Yes, your file may turn out to be something that would be difficult to read.

Sample snippet of erroneous Word document


Underlying Causes

If your document contains a font that is not installed on the system, then Word application will substitute a new font that does not match with the original font. Also, another major reason behind this issue could be corruption in your document which would occur due to a number of varied reasons. Usually, this situation may appear with the documents that are being transferred over internet and that are being edited on multiple platforms / systems.

Basic Troubleshooting

Fix 1: Use fonts that are common on most of the Word application

The fonts such as Arial and Times Roman are common on most of the Word applications. Hence when you use these fonts, the text on your document would not tend to change to strange characters. Select the entire text content and change the font to Arial/Times Roman.

Fix 2: Install the required Font

The font used in your document might be removed or would be not available on your system. So check the name of the font used in host document and then install the missing font.

Even after trying out the above troubleshooting guidelines, if you fail to rectify the problem, then the Word document could be probably corrupt. To know how to repair such damaged documents, read the following segment.

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Note: Just download the demo version of this DOC repair application to check whether the tool delivers satisfactory document repair outcomes. Further, the technical support team will be available 24 X 7 to answer your queries with regards to the product.

Compatibility information

Operating Systems – Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows server 2008 and Windows 2003

Word versions – MS Office 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010

File System – FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and exFAT

Directions to execute Yodot DOC Repair

Download and install the tool on your Windows system. Then launch it by double clicking on its icon. Next, follow the below-mentioned steps,

Helpful Information:

  • Virus could easily turn your Word file into a piece of unreadable file. So keep your system updated and frequently scan for viruses
  • Do not directly edit the Word documents available on removable devices. Instead, save them on your internal hard disk and then do necessary changes

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