How to Repair Microsoft Word 2003 File?

“I’m unable to open a Word 2003 document on my computer. When I double click on it, I’m getting the error message, “Word cannot open the document”. The document has important data in it and I do not have other copy of it. Please suggest me how to fix this problem and access the file again?”

Many users face this situation while trying to access Word 2003 documents on MS Office tool. This may be because of the reasons like software conflicts and human errors that render Word file corruption. Users might face similar situations that results in inaccessibility of Word 2003 DOC files and cause data loss.

Beware of the below mentioned causes due to which Word 2003 DOC file may get corrupted:

  • Round tripping: When you migrate MS Word from one format to other and again migrate it back to Word the process is called round tripping. Since. So, when tried to open the file, you will get an error message and the file refuses to open. If you click on details then it says that the file is corrupt and cannot be opened.
  • Interruptions in file transfer: The Word file gets corrupted when transfer process is interrupted due to sudden power outage or loose connection in the connectivity
  • Macro virus: Macro viruses are the ones that infect and damage Word files. If the Word file comes across this virus, it gets corrupted and you will lose the data in it.
  • CRC error: Cyclic Redundancy Check is used to check whether the document data is corrupt or not. You will get the CRC error when Word file is corrupted or not written properly to the storage drive due to bad sectors on the drive.

All these reasons result in Word file corruption and thus document becomes inaccessible. At this point of time, you can fix the problem by using inbuilt repair utility provided by MS Word 2003 itself. It is very simple open MS word tool, go to open option, select the corrupt file and in the open options, select open and repair option. This will repair Word 2003 document that is damaged or corrupted. But many times, this option will not fetch complete results. In such situations, repair the file using Yodot DOC Repair software.

Know about the software that helps repairing Word 2003 document:

Yodot DOC Repair software helps you to perform Word 2003 document repair and recovers all the items like text, hyperlinks, OLE objects, charts, etc. This tool supports Word repair on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 8. You can get access to the Word file corrupted severely due to any unfavorable condition. You can preview the file before you could save it. Demo version helps you evaluate the file repair process. The software has simple interface and can be easily used by any novice user. If you still get stuck then you can contact the support team which is 24 / 7 at your service.

Steps to repair Word 2003 documents:

  • Download Yodot DOC Repair software on Windows computer and install it
  • Run the software and select corrupt Word 2003 file by browsing it location on main screen
  • After selecting the file click on “Repair” option
  • The software starts to scan and fix the document
  • After repairing, select “Click here to preview file” to view repaired Word file
  • Then save the repaired file on a specific location on the computer drive


  • Keep updating the anti-virus on system before it expires
  • Before converting the document to other format, have its backup so that you could restore the data from it if conversion fails
  • Always make sure that the Word application is closed before turning off the computer