Resolve When Word Document Will Not Open in Windows 8

“After successfully completing few OS updates on my Windows 8 system I tried to open one of my Word document to proceed with my work. This document consisted of around 380 pages in it including, images, charts, video clips, etc. But to my surprise, the document did not open. Microsoft Word would launch but then show an empty window. I then tried to open this document using inbuilt ‘Open and Repair’ option and it didn’t work. This document is very essential as there is important stuff regarding my current project. Can anyone share best idea on how to solve the issue?”

Regular computer users come across one or the other difficulty in using Word files on Windows computer. Often, users may end up in unreadable Word documents that refuse to open in Microsoft Word due to various reasons. Word files on Windows 8 may reject to open in Microsoft Word in two conditions – firstly when the file is damaged and secondly when Word application is having conflicts in its working. Now, let us see most common reasons that render Word document corruption on Windows 8:

  • Word document with corrupt macro attachment or corrupt images, video clips, broken links of other documents from which content is linked (added) to this Word file
  • Applying incorrect compression on Word document
  • Virus / malware intrusion to Word file
  • Round tripping i.e. changing file format to other document format and again changing back to same old format
  • Attempt to open or edit Word document in other freeware applications

Other times, malfunctioning of Word application due to incorrect Windows OS updates, abrupt termination of Word while editing any document, forceful shutdown of system without closing the document opened in Word, missing of program related files, etc. can corrupt the document being opened in Word on Windows 8 PC or laptop. Thus Word document will not open when tried to open next time.

If Word document fails to open in Windows 8 then try using Microsoft’s inbuilt repair function, Open and Repair to fix not opening Word documents. However, if this option doesn’t fix Word document that will not open in Windows 8 then make use of any online safe program to repair the file. One such tool that can be trusted to fix Word files not opening in Windows 8 system is Yodot DOC Repair.

Key features of Word document repair utility:

Yodot DOC Repair software consists of safe and read-only algorithms repairs corrupt and damaged Word documents in Windows 8. It can fix Word files of format .doc and .docx from various versions of Microsoft Word application like Word 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. This tool not only repairs corrupt Word files, but also helps to fix Word cannot open specified file error, file cannot be found error, Word found unreadable content error, file format cannot be recognized error, Word shows unreadable text error and other error messages of MS Word in Windows 8. After successfully repairing damaged Word file, it extracts all OLE objects like images, video clips, tables, charts, clip Art, hyperlinks, etc. from that document along with text. The software is composed of user friendly interface to help even a novice computer user to easily fix Microsoft Word documents. Moreover, this tool is compatible to function on Windows 8 as well as Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server and 2008 Server operating systems.

Follow the steps below to fix when Word file is unreadable in Windows 8:

  • Download the application and install it on your Windows 8 system
  • Launch it from desktop shortcut icon or from Start menu
  • When main screen appears, click on ‘Browse’ button to search for Word document that has to be repaired
  • After choosing the file, initiate scanning process by hitting on ‘Repair’ button
  • You can preview progress of scanning process through Status Bar
  • Once the file gets scanned completely, hit ‘Preview’ button to view the pages of repaired Word document
  • Next, save this fixed Microsoft Word file to any location on your Windows 8 system

Things to Remember:

  • Avoid using unknown compression or unnecessary conversion of Word documents in Windows 8
  • Do not force-quit Word application when any document is being edited
  • Backup multiple copies large and vital documents in different locations