What to Do When a Word File is Not Opening???

When a Word file refuses to open even after trying several manual ways of fixing the issues, then you have to rely on the Word File Repair Tool from Remo. Download the free version of Remo Word Repair tool to fix the corrupt Word file that refuses to open. Get the free download of the software, and fix the issues in a couple of clicks!

“I have a few Word documents and I am not able to open them. I transferred few Microsoft Word documents to my Windows based computer via pen drive that contains some of work related text data. Initially all files were working with no problem, but when I tried to open them on my PC, the software refuses to run them and it states an error note. As I was busy that day, I did not check those files immediately after I imported them. Also, I don’t have access to the source docs from where I copied them, so re-transferring those files is out of the scene. Is there any other way I can get those Word files back to work, even if it means to repair them? I have Windows 7 installed on my PC. Expert advice would be appreciated. Thanks.”


Microsoft Office Word is a text document and word processing software designed and developed by Microsoft. It has a range of uses in the business, home as well as educational fields. MS Word comes as a part of the Microsoft Office Suite and is also available as a stand-alone product. It is the most highly used and popular word processor tool across all platforms mainly used to create book, write letters, resumes, informative pages and other contents. A file created by Microsoft Office Word is saved as a .doc file by default. However, there are various other file extensions that can be used for saving a Word doc, depending on the kind of Word file. Some of the commonly used Word file formats include .doc, .docx, .docm, .dotx and .dotm.

When does a Microsoft Word document gets corrupt or refuses to open?

Word document of any file extension can be easily damaged as it is very sensitive and pliable file corruption. There are number of factors that can be held responsible for the corruption or inaccessibility of Microsoft Word files. However, some of the most frequently encountered ones have been listed below:

  • Virus / Malware infections: To top the list, infections from malicious programs such as viruses and macro viruses are known to affect the Word files at the earliest.  If the drive containing the Word files is affected with viruses, then Word files would be amongst the first to get corrupted
  • Abrupt termination of Word program: While working on a Word doc, if the Microsoft Office Word program crashes suddenly, or is terminated in an untruly manner, there are high possibilities for that file to get damaged
  • Unexpected system shutdowns: Facing frequent or abrupt system shutdowns due to power related issues or any other reasons while handing a Word file can cause it get inaccessible or even corrupt
  • Human errors: Handling the Word docs in an improper way or tampering with the saved Word document can cause it to get corrupted or deleted
  • Software malfunctions: Using any other tool for accessing or modifying the Word files, rather than using the default Microsoft Office Word application, can be a reason behind Word file corruptions
  • Hard drive problems: If the internal or external hard drive where the Word docs are stored is having problems or is malfunctioning, there are chances for those files to get corrupt or inaccessible

How can I fix a Microsoft Office Word file that is not opening?

One can easily fix a Microsoft Word file that refuses to open with the help of Remo Repair Word tool in order to fix the issues in the Word file. This is the best option for fixing Word files as it is a professional Microsoft Word file repairer for addressing almost all kinds of errors in Word files, regardless of the cause for file damages and corruptions.

What it does?: It allows users to thoroughly scan a corrupt or inaccessible Word file, address any errors in it before making all of its contents viewable using the application’s built-in preview window. You can do all this by using the free demo version of Remo Repair Word. All and more of such amazing features make this tool a best choice for performing Word file fix.

Steps to Fix Word File that is Not Opening:

Step 1: Download and install Remo Repair Word software on your PC. Run the software and browse the inaccessible Word file and click "Repair" button.

Unable To Open Word File - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: Once the application starts the repair process, you can view the repair progress through progress screen

Word Doc Not Opening - Repairing Progress

Figure B: Repairing Progress

Step 3: After the repair process gets completed, you can preview the repaired Word document by using "Preview File" option.

Unable To Open Word Doc - Preview Repaired File

Figure C: Preview Repaired File

Step 4: Click on "Save" button in order to save the repaired Word document to any selected location.

MS Word File Not Opening - Save Repaired File

Figure D: Save Repaired File