Repair Word File Header

Word file header contains very important information which is similar to the data at the beginning of the document. This info is unique for each Word file and is mandatory to open the file; but due to some unusual situations, Word file header gets corrupt. If you do not have backup of Word file, then you will lose access to the data in it. Letting go of your important data due to Word header corruption is tough, if you have worked hard to develop the Word file content by gathering information and tying in your words.

Fortunately, you can fix Word document header and get it to working condition again as before using “Open and Repair” option. Here is the procedure which needs to be carried out to repair Word file header.

  • Go to “Start” menu and locate Microsoft Word program. If the program is not in Start menu, then it will be present under “All Programs”
  • Run MS Word program and select “File” menu, then click on “Open”
  • Locate corrupt Word file using Open dialogue box. Select corrupt file by clicking on it once, but do not open it
  • Click on small triangle pointing downward on “Open” button. You will get a list of options of actions that can be performed on selected Word file. Mouse over “Open and Repair” option and click to select it. MS Word attempts to fix the header of your selected Word file and the success depends on severity of Word file header corruption
  • If selected Word file data gets recovered, then save it by giving a new name using “File” menu and “Save As” option in it

The Word file header may get corrupted severely due to various reasons as given below and sometimes using “Open and Repair” option will not be fruitful for you.

  • Virus infection: Word files are prone to viruses and hence it is the most common situation when Word header gets corrupt
  • Sudden power surges: Sometimes the power fluctuates due to abnormal weather conditions or issue; system may shut down suddenly leading to some changes to Word file that might affect its header
  • Transfer interruption: Transfer process of Word file may get interrupted due to sudden removal of external device from which Word was being moved. In this case, the Word file may not get transferred properly

However, you need not bother about corrupted Word file header if the “Open and Repair” fails to repair it. You have the reliable resource which can be used, i.e. Yodot DOC Repair software to resolve your problem.

Word file header repair tool:

Word file header can be fixed successfully using Yodot DOC Repair software on your PC. It has powerful scanning mechanism that can fix Word file corrupted to any extent. This tool has read only functionality and hence there is no chance of corrupting Word file further by making any changes. It creates a new copy of Word file by extracting data from inaccessible Word file after header corruption. It supports repairing Word files with .doc as well as .docx file extensions created on Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions. Try the demo version of software to know the details of this Word file repair utility.

Apart from Word file Header, users also face problems with ZIP File header on Winzip. In such case, fix Winzip error- unable to read header or any other error messages by utilizing Yodot ZIP Repair tool.

Steps to repair Word file header:

  • Download Yodot DOC Repair software and install it on your computer
  • Select Word file with corrupted header by browsing and click on “Repair” button
  • Software starts scanning Word document and completes the process in few minutes
  • Select “Click Here to preview file” option to view repaired Word file
  • Save the repaired Word file whose header was corrupt on a drive of computer using “Save” option


  • Use powerful anti-virus software and keep scanning storage drive regularly
  • Avoid improper closure of Word file and use Exit option each time you want to close the document