Repair error Word File is Corrupted and Cannot be Opened

“Today morning when I tried to open Word file on Windows system, I got an error message like 'Word file is corrupted and cannot be opened', I have very important data in it. So how to fix 'Word file is corrupted and cannot be opened' error? If you have any suggestion please do share with me!!!”

What is the actual reason of this error?

Basically, this particular problem arise when the Word file is corrupt probably due to round tripping, the process where Word files are continuously converted to various file format. Some more reasons where docs go corrupted on Windows computer:

  • While downloading Word files from internet, if connection to internet gets cut then it leads to corruption of files
  • Disrupted internet connection while downloading Word file from emails
  • If you change Word file to other format and again convert it back to same format then there may be possibility of Word file corruption
  • Incorrect installation of Word software on computer can damage Word files
  • Corrupted header file will also result in unreadable Word file

However, this error not only limits in MS Word file, it can be found in Excel and PowerPoint as well. Below mentioned are few common methods to mend this resolve Word file is corrupted and cannot be opened issue:

Method 1: Changing the 'Trust Center' setting: The enabled protected view setting under 'Trust Center' prevents the Word file from opening. Follow the below mentioned steps:

Open your MS Word application -> Click on File and Option -> Select the 'Trust Center' and hit button under 'Trust Center Settings' -> Click on Protected View and uncheck all options available under this option and press 'OK' to confirm -> Restart MS Word and try to open your corrupt Word file.

Method 2: Manual Setting of 'Component Security': To change these setting to default setting, following steps are used:

  • Go to 'Start' and in search box, type as 'dcomcnfg'. Then select 'dcomcnfg' from the program list
  • Go to navigation pane and expand the 'Component Services'
  • Now right click on 'My Computer' and then click 'Properties'
  • Open 'Default Properties' tab and set the following values, Default Authentication Level: Connect, Default Impersonation Level: Identify
  • Then, hit 'OK'

If none of these methods is useful, then use recommended Word repair tool to fix error Word file is corrupted and cannot be opened. Yodot DOC Repair is one among the best programs to fix Word documents. This program mends corrupt Word file and recovers all the data stored in it without altering its original format.

Brief intro about the utility:

Yodot DOC Repair is outstanding tool to fix unreadable Word file displaying an error as 'Word file is corrupted and cannot be opened' on Windows computer. Apart from above mentioned error, it can successfully repair error when saving Word document, bookmark not defined error, Word object corrupt no longer available error, Word file could not initialize properly error and many other errors with MS Word file. It can repair documents created on Microsoft Word versions 2000, 2002, Word 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. This utility mends Word files and recovers OLE objects, text, hyperlinks and formatting from corrupted documents. This utility is compatible for MS Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

Direction for using the tool:

  • First of all download and install Yodot DOC Repair software on your computer
  • Launch the tool and initiate repair process
  • The program will ask you to browse the Word file that have to be fixed
  • Browse the file and hit on 'Repair' button
  • Now you can view the repairing process on window
  • Upon completion of repair process, you will be able to preview the Word file
  • At last browse for desired location and save repaired Word file

Points to Remember:

  • Make your vital Word file read-only
  • Always keep backup copy of important Word files