Sunday, October 28, 2012

How to Open Corrupt Microsoft Word 2010 Document

Are you getting an error message “The filename. docx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents.”? When you try to open a Microsoft Word 2010 document.  At this situation, you are at loosing position or may lost your whole document. If you are disparately searching an effective method to fix this error then you have reached at right place. Here you will find not only one method but a list of methods that will guide you.

Solution: Follow one or all of these methods to open corrupted Microsoft Word 2010 document. You may finish with just one method or have to performed all methods.

1.Update Office 2010 to Office Service Pack1: It is a proven technique to successfully open corrupt or damaged MS Office files. To do this, perform below steps:
  • Go to
  • Choose edition that suits your OS.
  • Go to the new window section and clcik on ‘download’
  • After complete download of Office Service Pack1, open the installation file to update.
  • Now try to open your corrupt MS Word document.

2.Repair Corrupt Word File Using Open & Repair: Open & Repair is an in-build utility that checks & repair corrupt word document if finds. To use MS word 2010’s Open and repair feature:
  • Open MS Word 2010.
  • Go to the file menu and choose Open dialog box
  • Click on the word's 'open' dialog box to open corrupt document.
  • Now select your corrupt document.
  • Click on the arrow beside the Open button and select ‘Open and Repair’.

3.Opening corrupt file in draft mode without updating links: You have to follow below steps to perform this method.
  • Open Word 2010
  • Click View>Draft (in document views group).
  • Click File>Options.
  • Head to ‘display document content’ section to check ‘draft font’ and ‘picture placeholders’ boxes (under advanced options for working with Word)
  • Head to ‘General’ section, uncheck ‘update automatic links at open’ box (under advanced options for working with Word) then click ok.
  • Now open the damaged word document.

4.Repair Corrupt Word 2010 File Using third-party file repair software: Third-party file repair software is read only in nature and does not change the original formatting of your document.

Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery Software: Link

Alternate Method: Convert your Corrupt document to MS Word 2007 or 2003 format & Open it in online File Viewer.

Note: Google Docs: It is one of the mostly used online viewer application. To use the services of Google docs, you must sign in the Google account first.

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