Open corrupt word doc

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  1. phillipbauer macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2015
    I am trying to help someone who has a problem with a password protected word doc. They renamed the doc to document.rtf and tried to open in wordpad which opened but unreadable.

    I believe they then saved the doc in word pad as an rtf.

    Is there anyone out of this? Have tried changing the file extension back and also saving as doc in wordpad.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Ick! That sounds like a one way street!

    Do you have a hex editor? Can you post the first block of the file to see what type it actually is?

  3. jafaranwar macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2015
    You can use Open and Repair feature of MS Office to repair unreadable or corrupt MS Word file, Here are the steps to repair the corrupt Word file To open a specific document by using the Open and Repair feature in Word, follow these steps or if you got severe corruption use Recovery Toolbox for Word

    1. Start Word.

    2. On the File menu, click Open.

    Note In Word 2007 or Word 2010, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.

    3. In the Open dialog box, click to select the file that you want to open.

    4. Click the down arrow on the Open button, and then click Open and Repair.

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